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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I should like to know what quantity of sulphate of copper is imported.

Senator Pearce - Last year the quantity imported was 820 cwt.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is not a large quantity. The delegates to the last Farmers' Conference held in Sydney visited the works at Port Kembla, where sulphate of copper is manufactured, and I assume that, in view of the fact that the duty has been reduced from £5, £10, and £10, as originally proposed, to £3, £7, and £10, the Minister for Trade and Customs(Mr. Greene) considers that the lower rates are ample protection for this industry.

Senator Pearce - Under the rates now proposed, Australia will be able to supply the whole of the local market.

Item agreed to.

Item 284-

(a)   Bacteriological products and sera, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, British and intermediate, free; general, ad val., 10 per cent.

(b)   Bacteriological products and sera, n.e.i., ad val., British, 30 per cent. ; intermediate, 35 per cent. ; general, 40 per cent.

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