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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator Lt Colonel Sir ALBERT GOULD (New South Wales) 5-33]-- What is the reason for the large increase of duty that is here proposed? Originally fruits and vegetables in half-pints and smaller sizes were dutiable at 9d. per dozen, whereas it is now proposed to make them dutiable at is. 3d. per dozen, or is. per dozen if they come from the United Kingdom. I would also point out that in this schedule pints and over half-pints are made dutiable at 2s. 6d. per dozen instead of is. 6d. j whilst quarts and over pints will be required to pay 5s. per dozen, as against 3s. per dozen under the former Tariff. It will be seen, therefore, thatthe increase in the duties upon imported fruits far more than counterbalances any additional expense to which the manufacturers of preserved fruits will be subjected. I think we should have some explanation as to why in a Tariff which is avowedly intended to rectify anomalies an attempt has been made to increase duties by 70 or 80 per cent. ?

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