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Thursday, 16 August 1906

Mr FISHER (Wide Bay) .- Apparently, the Committee are of opinion that an Excise duty of 6d. should be charged.

Mr McLean - A uniform duty of 66. The proposal is to make a differential charge. '

Mr FISHER - I do not know why Ministers cannot make up their minds on the point. This is the time to do so.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The matter cannot be dealt with in connexion with the Bill. It will be necessary to go into Committee of Ways and Means again.

Mr FISHER - The Committee cannot wait merely because a particular Minister is absent.

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