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Thursday, 3 June 1926

Senator H HAYS (Tasmania) . - A little common sense should be displayed by the Minister. The textile of this garment is composed completely of cotton. If the buttons were sewn on with silk it might as well be a silk garment, according to the duty charged.

Senator Crawford - I am informed that the higher duty is not charged if the only silk used is that with which the buttons are sewn on.

Senator H HAYS - It is only a . matter of degree.

Senator Crawford - It would be only a matter of degree if the garment contained 75 per cent of silk.

Senator H HAYS - Oh, no! Could it not be clearly stated that the trimming should not exceed a width of half an inch, or a quarter of an inch ? Surely there are in the English language words which will convey to the Customs Department the intention of Parliament! It is evident that in this case injustice is being done, and I am sure that that is contrary to the wish or the intention of honorable senators. The Minister " gave the show away " when he said that the passing of this item would compel Australian manufacturers to make this garment with a silk trimming. Why does not the Minister say plainly that that is the intention and the desire of the Government. The Australian manufacturer is not making this garment. The Minister could very well meet the wishes of honorable senators.

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