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Tuesday, 23 August 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) (12:10 PM) . - Senator Thomas has correctly directed attention to the fact that there is a family resemblance between this and a previous item, inasmuch as importations from Britain are free, and 5 and 10 per cent, duties are imposed in the intermediate and general columns respectively. Looking over the importations, I can preface what I am about to remark, by saying that this is an instance in which we can give preference to Great Britain. Sewing machines, button-hole punching and sewing machines, darning, stitching, and knitting machines have been imported from the United Kingdom, Germany, United States of America, and other countries, and in order to include German importations, I shall give the values of the machines landed in Australia prior to the war. In 1913, the importations from the United Kingdom were valued at £74,646; from Germany, £60,737; and from the United States of America, £123,775. In this instance, it is obvious that substantial protection will be given to Great Britain if the rates remain as they appear in the schedule. The importations of other machines included in this item during 1913 were valued as follows: - United Kingdom, £38,557; Germany, £4,172; United States of America, £10,960: France, £1,037; and other countries, £1,549 ; or a total of £56,275. The preference to Great Britain, in this instance, would be considerable, as more than one-half of the imports came from

Great Britain. In taking a cursory glance at the figures, it appears that the only apparent movement in the trade has been that the machines which previously came from Germany now come from America, as exports from America have increased considerably.

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