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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I desire to make a further brief statement in opposition to the request of Senator Guthrie. If I had anticipated this evening's discussion I would have secured many samples of materials and garments with which to prove my case. It has been urged that the use of flannelette has proved injurious to the flannelmaking industry of Australia. If Senator Guthrie will give me the opportunity, I shall undertake to prove to him tomorrow that the Australian mills have been unable to supply the quantity of flannel required by the people of the Commonwealth, because the demand has largely exceeded the supply. Although the mills have been working longer hours and producing a larger output,- there is a good market for all they manufacture. No injury is therefore being inflicted on the flannel industry by the use of flannelette. If I could be convinced that the use of flannelette was interfering with the output of the woollen mills I would not so strongly oppose the request of Senator Guthrie. I have been informed that retail establishments in Victoria and Tasmania have been unable to obtain all the flannel they require, and distributers generally cannot procure sufficient quantities from the Australian mills.

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