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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- I should like to know what Senator Senior has in view. The preparation of Fuller's earth does not require the use of much machinery, nor give room for the employment of many hands, but it is essential to the whole community, and I fail to see why, merely to benefit some particular company, we should tax the community to the extent proposed by him. The Minister (Senator Pearce) has said that the pre-war price of Fuller's earth was 3s. per cwt., so that the present duty of1s. per cwt. under the British preferential Tariff is equal to 33 per cent. on that value. Even if the present price is double that prevailing before the war the Tariff as it stands provides for a duty of practically 16½ per cent., which is a very high one. The honorable senator desires, not merely to protect the product of the main industry, but to protect all its by-products. This is no time for imposing irritating taxation or for increasing the cost of living.

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