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Monday, 24 September 1906


Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I think that something should be done to give encouragement to the manufacturers of scents and essences. Senator Trenwith has said that in the past they have not had to pay duty on spirits used, but I do not think that statement is quite correct. I know that a number of firms, in the manufacture of their preparations, have used spirits which have paid duty. What some manufacturers complain of is that some one discovered a means of demethylating spirits in a way that could not be detected, and sold the right to use his discovery to only one firm in Sydney, in Melbourne, and in Adelaide respectively. . This put the whole of the other scent manufacturers at a very considerable disadvantage. Probably there was nothing illegal in what was done in the past.


Senator Clemons - We intend to make it illegal, if we can, by this legislation.


Senator GUTHRIE - We shall put all on exactly the same footing. One firm of manufacturing chemists put the position to me plainly. They said, " We send our traveller into the northern districts of South Australia with certain preparations, but we are unable to compete with the people whose preparations are made from demethylated spirits on which they have not had to pay duty." The complaint is made, not so much in regard to perfumes and essences as in regard to hair washes and hair dyes, in which a large quantity of spirits is used, and the odour of the wood naphtha does not matter much. The industry is a big one, employing a large number of men, and giving work to other industries, such as bottle manufacturing, while a good many are engaged in distribution. My opinion is that 10s. is too high" an impost, and if Senator Trenwith is prepared to move for its- reduction, I shall help him.







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