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Tuesday, 23 August 1921


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (12:42 PM) . - I propose to exercise my full rights as a member of the Senate in the discussion upon this item.


Senator Cox - Of course, you will. You always do.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is my intention to support the item as it appears in the schedule.


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am confident the Committee will agree to the item unless the honorable senator talks his fellow senators into a different opinion.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is very nice from the Minister, in view of the support I have given the Government on the main items of the schedule to date, and especially, in view of the support accorded the Government from other honorable senator?, on the Ministerial benches when badly needed.


Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I thought you came here as a Ministerial supporter.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Sewing machines were onee manufactured : on a fairly large scale in New South Wales and Victoria, but owing to the absence of Tariff protection the manufacturers had to give up. I believe the imposition of a duty, as proposed in this schedule, will result in the industry being reestablished, and save the housewives of Australia from the infliction that is imposed on them to-day by the Singer monopoly. I am confident that in spite of the argument of my Free Trade friends, the effect of this duty will be to reduce the price of sewing machines to Australian housewives by probably 50 per cent.

Item agreed to.

Item 169 (Machinery, viz., linotypeand other type composing machines, cash, registers, &e.) agreed to.

Progress reported.

Senate adjourned at 12.50a.m. (Wednesday).







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