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Thursday, 30 June 1921

Senator RUSSELL (VICTORIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - On the 4th May Senator Gardiner asked . the following questions : -

1.   Will the Government Inquire whether it is a fact that for months past the boot manufacturers in the various States have been putting off their operators and allowing their machinery to he idle, in order to maintain the high price of boots?

2.   If from inquiry this proves to lie the case) trill the Govoramcnt remove the Customs duty on boots, to enable the people to purchase boots at a reasonable price!

I said that inquiries were being made, arid I am now in a position to furnish the honorable senator with the following information : -

Inquiries have been made in each of the States, and it baa been ascertained that in no instance has a boot. factory been closed for the reason alleged; but in some cases, owing to a falling off in orders, the number of hands employed has been reduced. Most of . the factories concerned are now employing the full normal number of hands.

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