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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator STANIFORTH SMITH (Western Australia) - I am in favour of the request. I do not see why we should make so much difference between the wine industry and the scent industry. The latter is very small, but it has great possibilities. In Europe, thousands of people are employed in growing flowers purely for scent-making, and, judging by our wild flowers, no other country is more suitable than Australia for horticulture. I am opposed to low Excise duties where they mean loss of revenue, but, in this instance, the loss will be nothing, becausethe high import duty will make the importation almost nil. I do not see why the rate shouldnot be reduced to 6d.

Senator Clemons - There is at present a protection of 150 per cent.

Senator STANIFORTH SMITH - I know that. I am thinking more of the manufacture of scent for export.

Senator Playford - A drawback on the spirits used would be allowed when the scent was exported, so that they would1 really get free spirits.

Senator STANIFORTH SMITH - That partly meets my objection. In any case, even if the scent is only for local consumption, I cannot see why we should put the industry of scent-making on a different footings from the industry of winemaking. I intend to vote for a lower duty, and therefore I shall support the request.

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