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Tuesday, 22 November 1910


Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - This proposal merely means a little added cost to the general public. The only reason given for it by the Minister is that the officers of the- Department have some trouble in dealing with this matter under the existing Tariff. Surely Parliament does not alter a Tariff to save trouble to departmental officials ? What are the officers of the Department appointed for? We know that no attempt has been made to make ribbons in Australia. They are imported into this country from France and from England. Of what use is it to attempt, in the name of Protection, to increase duties which can only act as revenue duties, and which must add to the cost of the articles to the consumer ? If the duty is increased on these articles, people who use them in making dresses will have to charge more for their work. Staunch Protectionist as the Minister is, he will not claim that it is necessary to make this alteration for the purpose of Protection. The officers of the Department cannot tell him that these articles are made, or are likely to be made, in the Commonwealth in our time.







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