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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I draw the attention of the Committee to the fact that under items 410, 411, and 412 various things, when imported for public institutions, are allowed to come in free, and I fail to see why saccharin, when required for use in public hospitals, should not be free.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If the honorable senator will limit his request to the free admission of saccharin for use in hospitals, instead of proposing that it should be free when used for medicinal purposes generally, I will agree to it. If he imposed the condition that it should be free only for use in hospitals, we could "police" such importations.

Senator LYNCH - That was my original intention. I am. prepared to move to that effect.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I will accept such a request.

Senator LYNCH -I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to make sub-item (d) read as follows : -

(d)   (1) Saccharin, n.e.i., and other similar substitutes for sugar, and substances capable of conversion into such substitutes for sugar, per lb., British, 30s. ; intermediate, 35s. ; general, 40s.

(2)   Saccharin, for use in public hospitals, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, free.

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