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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - If, as the Minister states, the duty of 5 per cent, is placed upon leather cloth in order to protect the Australian leather industry, it is totally inadequate. I do not look upon leather cloth as a substitute for, although it certainly is an imitation of, leather. In the course of my business I purchase thousands of yards of it under various names. It is used mostly for upholstering purposes, and also largely in connexion with bookbinding.

Senator de LARGIE - And sold as leather binding.-

Senator VARDON - Not at all. For book-binding purposes it could not take the place of leather ; it cannot be used, for instance, in the manufacture of accountbooks. If the Government require this duty of 5 per cent, for revenue purposes, I am content to let it pass, since it will not materially affect the price. Leather cloth, however, cannot be described as a substitute for leather. It certainly is an imitation of leather, and serves a very useful purpose in connexion with many manufactures.

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