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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I think I am correct in saying that my honorable colleague (Senator Russell) so described it. Here we have admitted proof of that statement. It is quite clear that if saccharin, for the purposes mentioned by Senator Rowell, were allowed to come in free it would undoubtedly compete with cane sugar. In relation to its sweetening contents, it would be cheaper than sugar, and to that extent would compete with it. I am rather surprised that this question has been raised, since even under the old State Tariffs there was a duty on saccharin.

Senator Drake-Brockman - Why perpetuate the mistakes of the States?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not ask the Committee to do so; but there is no reason why we should not follow their wisdom. I hope that my honorable friend's broad Commonwealth view of public questions will not cause him to be so prejudiced as to refuse to learn anything from the States. In this case, we are continuing a practice that has been approved practically from time immemorial.

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