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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . Senator Prattendesires to widen Senator Lynch's request so as to include saccharin for all medicinal purposes. Saccharin will be used and handled by chemists, and, while I do not desire to make the slightest reflection on chemists as a body, it is well known that in those countries where there are stringent liquor laws, chemists have been the means of liquor finding its way into surreptitious consumption.

Senator Keating - Only for medicinal purposes !

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I thank the honorable senator for that interjection, for it. contains the reason for our recognising, that we could not " police " this item.I understand from verbal information, that the blessed word " medicinal " covers a lot of thirst in certain countries. For this reason I ask the Committee to adopt the request as submitted by Senator. Lynch.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Item 281-

Drugs and Chemicals, viz. : -

And on and after 22nd June, 1921 -

(a)   Arsenic, arsenious chloride, arsenic sul phide, arsenates of calcium, lead and soda, arsenites of soda and zinc, ad val., British, 25 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.

(e)   Lactose, ad val., British, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 30 per cent.

And on and after 22nd June, 1921 -

(J)   Drugs, crude : - Roots, viz. : - Calumbae, dandelion, gentian, ipecacuanha, orris, rhubarb, sarsaparilla, senegae, and squill; Barks, viz.: - Cascara sagrada, cinchona, and wild cherry; Leaves, viz.: - Belladonna and buchu; ergot; pyrethrum flowers, in packages containing not less than 28 lbs. net, British, free; intermediate, free; general, free.

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