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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I am glad that Senator Wilson has moved in this matter. It is essential that manufacturers, in the earlier stages of their business, should be protected in this way. It is important to remember that we are encouraging the settlement of a large number of returned soldiers on Murray River lands, and that the proposed fatcory will handle their produce. Lactose or sugar of milk enters into the manufacture of many patent food preparations that are largely used throughout the Commonwealth. I am glad that the ad valorem duties are to be retained, because if prices rise, this will be the operative Tariff, and thus be of some real assistance to the manufacturers. I understand that United States of America manufacturers are at present prepared to dump this commodity in Australia at 6 cents per lb. below cost of production. This will have the effect of reducing the Tariff against the United States to the level of the intermediate fixed duty of 9d. Therefore, the Minister (Senator Pearce) would have been well advised if he had accepted Senator Wilson's request for a general duty of1s. 3d., especially in view of the fact that the Tariff Board will have an opportunity of inquiring into the effect of these duties, and if it were found that the Tariff on lactose was too high, it could make a recommendation for a decrease to1s. per lb. I have much pleasure in supporting Senator Wilson's request.

Request, as amended, agreed to.

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