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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - The object of this item is to afford greater encouragement to the preserved fruit industry. Under sub-item 1 of this item ginger in brine will be admitted, and each gallon receptacle which contains 10 lbs. will be required to pay is. 8d., whereas under the previous Tariff it had to pay only is. In order to restore the position of green ginger, which is the raw material of those who manufacture crystallized ginger, we propose to transfer it from that paragraph to sub-item k, and to make it dutiable at id. per lb. We do not desire to treat the manufacturers of preserved ginger unjustly, and under this proposal they will receive about the same amount of benefit as they received previously.

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