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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr BEATON (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - My question, which is directed to the Treasurer, is supplementary to that asked by the honorable member for St. George. By way of preface, I refer the right honorable gentleman to a statement attributed to him in the following terms: - " Marginal adjustments are needed to relieve particular hardships in the building, timber and textile industries ". I refer in particular to the textile industry, and I ask: In view of the extent of unemployment in this industry and the dependence of many country towns on textile factories, what form will these marginal adjustments take? Will the Government review its refusal to limit textile imports, or, alternatively, will it provide immediate additional tariff protection? In any case, will the Government give textile manufacturers a chance to compete against overseas competitors by enabling them to obtain all-important carry-on credit?

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