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Thursday, 11 August 1921


Senator FAIRBAIRN (Victoria) . - We are somewhat in the dark in dealing with this request, since we have not had put before us Customs statistics showing the countries from which our imports of dungaree chiefly come. I am convinced, however, that dungaree is largely manufactured in Manchester, the seat of the cotton industry in the British Empire, and that we obtain considerable supplies from that source. Although we are anxious to have the most amicable relations with the United States of America, we cannot lose sight of the fact that that country has imposed a duty of 100 per cent, on Australian wool. That being so, why should we allow their cotton piece goods to come in free? If we allow dungaree from the Old Country to come in free, I think we shall find that mo3t of our imports of that material will come from there. I feel sure that the workers and the Toorak sportsmen, to whom Senator Lynch has referred, will not be heavily penalized by the passing of the sub-item as it stands.







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