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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - If Senator Gardiner's charges were correct, the manufacturer of these nails would have had to turn out the same output as he had before the war, because, naturally, if it was smaller, his profit must also have been smaller. In 1905, the output of his factory was 14,000 cases; whereas in 1917, during the war, it was only a little over 5,000 cases. But the overhead charges were still the same, and, as Senator Payne has pointed out, the cost of the raw material had increased sixfold, and higher wages had to be paid. In view of these facts, with which Senator Gardiner should have made himself acquainted before speaking to this item, the honorable senator ought to withdraw his charges unreservedly.

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