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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (4:23 AM) - I cordially support the request, which is designed to preserve a very active industry in Sydney, and, in my opinion, is only fair play.

Request agreed to.

Item agreed to, subject to a request.

Item 110-

(b)   Apparel n.e.i.for the human body, partly or wholly made up, including materials cut into shape therefor; also material defined by pattern or design for manufacture, into apparel. ad. val., British, 10 per cent. ; intermediate, 50 per cent.; general, So per cent.

Senator PAY3JE(Tasmania) :[4.27. a.m.J - T propose to "move that the House of Representatives he requested to insert a new ..sub-item o relating to corsets. Honorable .'senators are probably aware that sub-item b " Apparel, n.e.L, for the human body," includes -corsets, and that it carries duties of 40 per' cent. British, 50 per cent, intermediate, and -55 per cent, general. Those who give this matter reasonable consideration will regard such duties as appalling. It is positively appalling to suggest that the women of Australia shall be penalized to the extent of having to pay a duty of 55 per cent, on corsets manufactured in 'Canada, United States of America., or .France, .plus 45 per cent, cost of transit, making the general Tariff .at least 100 per .cent. I am assured -that .the freight alone, including wharfage, storage, and various other charges, accompanying continental and American shipment, will run into over 20 per cent.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - They do not amount to 10 per cent.

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