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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator GIBSON (Victoria) .- I appreciate what the Leader of the Senate '(Senator Pearce) has said, namely, that Australian leaf benefits from the duty of 3s. 6d. imposed on imported leaf, but I can hardly imagine that the process of manufacture is as he says. It seems more probable that the Australian leaf and the American leaf are each manufactured into smoking tobacco without any blending. The Australian leaf may be matured for two years before manufacture, but that makes no difference. .Then, after both kinds of leaf have been manufactured, they are blended into the smoking mixture sold to the public. If that is done, the manufacturer could pay 3s. l0d. excise on the Australian proportion of the mixture, and 4s. 6d. on the imported proportion. It may be that 75 per cent. of the mixture is Australian, and only 25 per cent. imported, so that the manufacturerwould evade the payment of an extra 8d. per lb. on 75 per cent. of the completed mixture. I remind honorable senators that the tobacco tins now sold to the public do not bear on them the words " Virginian Tobacco " because, in fact, the tobacco contained in them is probably mostly Australian.

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