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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I am still at a loss to understand the real purpose of section 2. The British duty of 20 per cent. on cotton piece goods, knitted, in tubular form, must have been suggested with some specific objective. What was that purpose? I would like to know with what Australian industrial interests these tubular importations come into competition. Unless there is actual and direct competition I am not inclined to support an impost of 20 per cent. upon any form of cotton goods made in England. Are there any factories in any other parts of Australia than at Clunes?

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