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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) . - At Senator Best's request, I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the schedule by inserting after item (11) the following : - "Spirits for the manufacture' of scents and toilet preparations from imported and Australian grown ingredients in the proportions and under the conditions prescribed . . . per gallon, 15s."

The reason for this request is that unless there was a full supply of Australiangrown material for the' manufacture of scent, manufacturers would be blocked by the duty of 10s. per gallon on imported spirits used along with Australian-grown material. Under the amendment, if manufacturers could not procure all the Australiangrown material they required, they would get as much as they were able, and, with the aid of imported material, goon manufacturing scent; but the Excise charged on the spirits they used would be 15s., or in proportion to the quantities of the different ingredients used. . I showed this amendment to the Minister of Defence, and I understand that he sees no objection to it. He suggested, however, that aperiod of two years should be provided for, and that suggestion I am willing to accept.

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