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Thursday, 11 August 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - Dungaree from the United Kingdom is free, and large quantities of that material are imported from Great Britain. By making dungaree free under the general Tariff we should open the door to large imports from Japan and other countries where the labour conditions are not as good as those prevailing in Australia. I read to-day what I believe to be a true description of the industrial conditions of the cotton workers in Japan, and I am sure we do not want to come into line with them here.


Senator LYNCH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Let us have the figures as to imports from Japan.


Senator RUSSELL - Dungaree is brought in from Japan, but I am assured by the Customs officials that we also import it from the United Kingdom. Is it the desire of the Committee that Great Britain shall not be given a preference in respect of imports of this material? There are other countries which are able to produce more cheaply than we can do, not because their workmen are smarter or their workmanship better, but because their people live on less than we are prepared to do.







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