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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator PAYNE - But there they would be dutiable, and. my object is- to include these in the free, list, as they are as necessary for manufacturing purposes -as are the articles in sub-item a. Plain braids are used very extensively in making' dresses, and the webbing and Bone belting is also essential. I produce samples of the materials to which I have referred, and honorable senators can accept my assurance that these articles are not manufactured in Australia. Cotton feather-stiched braids; used extensively in trimming underwear, are admitted free, and the. items, in. connexion with which I have submitted a ' request are equally necessary. Webbing is. used as a waist band on skirts. I have been sup- - plied' with- the- following information: -

Webbings n.e.i. should be included, in item No. 106a... They have been included in the - proposals under sub-item (b),and made, dutiable there at 15 per cent'., 20' per cent':, and- 30'per cent., although- they are- not manufactured in Australia,, and. are not worn externally,, being solely, for internal- use in- the manufacture- or women's wear. At. present, they are all de livered as minor articles (item 404) under Ministerial' by-law, duty- free British, 10' per cent, foreign. This- by-law could be- cancelled at', any moment, thus- automatically restoring the rates of duty provided for by their mention in this Item. Probably when the Tariff has been, finally disposed of, it is intended to cancel the by-law; otherwise; why have these goods been specifically included under item 106b? It .would seem that an explanation is necessary to clear away any doubt.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What da you want?

Senator PAYNE - These articles' are npt manufactured in Australia, and are as necessary in the manufacture of women's attire as is feather-stitched braid, which is admitted' free:

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