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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - Since this item was discussed in another place, it has been found that if we agree to it in its present form it will inflict hardship upon those who are engaged in the tailoring business in a small way. There are many men engaged in that occupation who buy their materials in limited quantities, and this provision would seriously handicap them. Because we do not wish to subject them to hardship the Government have decided to delete certain words. I, therefore, move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by leaving out the words " made or cut to length or made or."

The amendment, and other proposed amendments to the schedule, are not in print because they were decided upon only very recently. This proposal was decided upon only an hour ago, as the result of certain representations which were then made to the Minister.

Senator Givens - All the amendments emanating from persons in Melbourne will receive consideration, whilst those from other people may go hang.

Senator FINDLEY - I am extremely sorry to hear that remark, because it is so manifestly unfair. The men who are engaged in the tailoring business in a small way are not confined either to Melbourne or Victoria.

Senator Givens - Had the people of Western Australia and Queensland an opportunity of approaching the Minister an hour ago?

Senator FINDLEY - In the first place, the persons who desire this amendment did not approach me. They approached the

Minister of Trade and Customs, and they spoke, not for themselves, but for the whole of those who are engaged in a similar line of business throughout Australia.

Senator Givens - I do not object to persons in Victoria receiving consideration ; but I do object to those who are resident elsewhere being denied the same consideration.

Senator FINDLEY - The amendment is designed in the interests of the small men who are engaged in the tailoring business, and who, because of their limited resources, have to buy their materials in limited quantities.

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