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Thursday, 11 August 1921


Senator EARLE (TASMANIA) (5:28 AM) , - I am a little perplexed about this proposal. I certainly regard the duties

Bet out in the schedule as extremely high. At the same time I want the manufacturers of these garments to be given some protection against the imported goods. As has been pointed out by the. Minister the duties proposed by Senator Payne are lower than those imposed under sub-item f of item 105. I should like an assurance that the rather sweeping reduction which has been suggested by the honorable senator will not remove the reasonable amount of protection at present afforded to those engaged in making up these particular garments; and that importers will not have an opportunity to import garments from cheap-labour countries, thereby disorganizing what is probably an extensive industry in this country.







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