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Thursday, 11 August 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) (6:13 AM) . - Waddings and cotton wool are being manufactured by Messrs. Laycock, Son, and Nettleton, Melbourne. In June, 1919, that firm wrote to the Cuatoms Departments as follows: -

So great was the demand that firms who never bought the Australian article before 4th August, 1014 (except as a convenience when short of imported stock), declared they would give us their full support and " stick to us " after the war if we would only accept and execute their orders, which we did; and we claim that we supplied the requirements of the Commonwealth for over four years, sending our manufactures to all States direct. We feel compelled, however, to direct attention to the change which has come over our -new-found friends since 11th November, 1918. The raw material is pure cotton, which we obtain from India and Queensland. It may be of interest to state that we purchased by public tender the entire cotton crop grown in Queensland last year from the Agricultural Department, and we hope to do so again this and the succeeding years. -

The large increase in importations during 1918-19 supports the statement made by this firm and indicates the need for higher duties.







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