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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) .- I hope that the Committee will retain the item. There is no reason why hide-splits ting should not be undertaken in Australia. Why should we be obliged to import hides either in a limed, or fleshed, or a split condition? Senator Gardiner has stated that there are only two firms in Australia which have hide-splitting machinery. But I started lifein a fancy leather factory, and I know something about the machinery which is required for hide-splitting. I say that it does not need an enormous outlay to purchase a dozen hide-splitting machines, and to install the necessary power to drive them. Why we should depend upon another country to do this work for us I cannot understand. In the Commonwealth we have hides of almost every grade. I hope to see a great leather business built up here - a business embracing the manufacture of the best fancy kinds of leather, and also of the coarsest that is put upon' the market. I am in favour of giving the industry every encouragement, and, consequently, I hope that the Committee will retain the item.

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