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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - It will be seen that under subitem b, cotton and linen piece goods designed for the manufacture of a certain class of articles are subject to duties of 5, 10, and 20 per cent. These goods were previously free if imported from Great Britain, and otherwise dutiable at 5 per cent. Piece goods subjected to such fanciful processes as being teased, treated, combed, or fluffed, are admitted free from Great Britain, and are otherwise dutiable at 5 and 15 per cent.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - That will be altered.

Senator LYNCH - I am dealing with the Tariff as it stands. We have decided that calico for bag-making shall be free for Great Britain, and otherwise dutiable at 5 and 15 per cent. The question arises whether it is wise or fair to put an extra impost on cotton and linen piece goods which are to be manufactured into handkerchiefs, serviettes, tablecloths, towels, or window blinds, which are common requirements of every home in the country.

Senator Crawford - These are partly manufactured goods. They are marked for cutting.

Senator LYNCH - Why an extra impost should be- levied upon cotton and linen piece goods imported as described in sub-item b is for -Senator Crawford to explain if he approves of it, and not for me. I am trying to point out that cotton and linen piece goods are the same, whether they are used in the manufacture of flour sacks, packages for oatmeal, or for handkerchiefs, towels, and window blinds. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duty, sub-item (b), general,' 15 per cent.

I intend, if this is carried, to move that the sub-item should be free in the British, and 5 per cent, in the intermediate columns. The adoption of this request will restore the conditions which existed before this Tariff was introduced, and it will put an end to the discrimination which is made in the Tariff as it stands between piece goods used for the purposes set out in sub-item b and similar piece goods used for other purposes. Why should we single out people who use handkerchiefs, . serviettes, tablecloths, towels, and' window blinds, and make them pay more for the material they use?

Senator CRAWFORD - Does, not every one use these things?

Senator LYNCH - It does not matter to Senator Crawford what may be said, so long as a higher duty is proposed he reaches up for it. I want to see a Tariff passed which will do credit to the intelligence of the Senate.

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