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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I support the request, because upon whether the amendment is made or not depends the employment of 1,100 Australians. During the war it was shown that Australia could manufacture a very decent cheap cigar, and' in 1920 53,000,000 cigars out of a total consumption of 70,000,000 were made in this country. The reason for increasing the duty is that very large orders booked, prior to the war have been delivered since, the cigars coming from countries employing coloured labour. There are men out of employment in the industry in Australia, and they are up against the competition of black labour. It is as well to know that men who have suffered injuries in the war, as, for instance, men who have lost a leg, are able to find employment in cigar-making, and this should induce honorable senators to support the request. No monopoly is being asked for, as there are two factories in Adelaide, three in Melbourne, and two in Sydney. The employees of the industry are seeking to help themselves by making provision for sickness and unemployment, and they are also banded to-, gether to secure homes for themselves. In every way the encouragement of this industry should be helpful to our population, and I have much pleasure in supporting the request.

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