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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator READY (Tasmania) . - I regard this as a good protective proposal. I have had a little experience with fancy boxes ; and I know that the patterns change very rapidly indeed. I have seen them in all shapes and styles. A very wide definition would be needed to cover the different kinds of boxes which come in containing sometimes articles of very little value. I have seen hairpins imported in a little cabinet-like chest of drawers, and in small boxes of peculiar shapes.

Senator Vardon - Supposing that they do, why should you impose a heavy duty?

Senator READY - Because I feel sure . that the boxes could easily be made in the Commonwealth. We want to protect our own manufacturers. Why the honorable senator should wish to hamper the Department by laying down a hard-and-fast rule, I cannot understand. The best course is to allow it to alter the definition as the patterns of fancy boxes change.

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