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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - Saccharin is not made here, but that does not dispose of the whole matter. The point is that if it were admitted free it would come into competition with sugar as a sweetening substance. These duties are part of the Protective policy adopted in regard to the sugar industry. As to the honorable senator's suggestion that saccharin for medicinal purposes should be free, I am advised that it would not be possible to " police" such imports, so that if we made saccharin free of duty it would undoubtedly become a competitor of sugar. If the Committee desires the protection of the sugar industry to be effective, it will support the sub-item as it stands; if, on the other hand, it is prepared to expose the sugar industry to unfair competition, it will remove the duty.

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