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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr LISTER (CORIO, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether it is a fact, as stated in the metropolitan press of Friday last, that certain firms are withholding sheep-skins from sale in order to bring pressure to bear on the Government to lift the embargo on the export of such skins?

2.   In view of such action having the effect of throwing out of employment thousands of men engaged in the fellmongery industry, will the Government before acceding to such representations insure to fellmongering firms an adequate supply of skins, and prevent that hardship which must necessarily arise should large numbers of men be compulsorily thrown on to the labour market?

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