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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - It would be quite a simple matter to administer this provision if the method of manufacture were as Senator Gibson suggests. I am assured, however, that nearly 100 per cent. of the mixing is done during the process of manufacture, and the completed product pays the excise duty of 4s. 6d. per lb. My officers inform me that only small quantities of tobacco are treated in the way that Senator Gibson has outlined. In most instances the leaf is processed and put up in blocks, the blending taking place during the process of manufacture. It is necessary to do this, I am told, in order to do the blending satisfactorily, and to obtain the desired flavour.

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