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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator TRENWITH (Victoria) . - I hope that the request will be carried. I am afraid that it will be a long time before scents can be manufactured entirely out of Australian ingredients, but this amendment is in the direction of encouraging the industry.

Senator Mulcahy - We grow plenty of flowers.

Senator TRENWITH - Where they are grown for sale it is chiefly to supply florists.

Senator Mulcahy - Lavender water has been made here foryears past.

Senator TRENWITH - Yes ; but hitherto the manufacturers of scents have been able to get their spirits duty free. Now, we propose to charge them 10s. a gallon.

Senator Mulcahy - Is not the margin between 10s. and 25s. sufficient?

Senator Clemons - It is enormous.

Senator TRENWITH - I assume that we are giving a high rate of protection because of the enormous difference between the cost of manufacture here and elsewhere.

Senator Mulcahy - The duty will not hurt any one. Scent can be bought for a penny a bottle now.

Senator TRENWITH - A duty of 10s. a gallon amounts to a good deal where a manufacturer is using large quantities of spirit. If scent can be bought for a penny a bottle, I am glad that so desirable a luxury is being brought within the reach of the poorest. I am afraid that the increase in duty may have the effect of stamping out the scent industry, which has ramifications throughout Australia. I believe that it does not employ a very large number of persons, though one manufacturer stated the contrary. Probably he has had regard to those to whom employment is given incidentally, in the manufacture of bottles, the printing of labels, and other directions.

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