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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - Prior to the war, the price of this humble but very necessary article was from 3s.10d. to 4s. per five-gross box, and now the duty in the general Tariff is almost 100 per cent. more. To-day's exchange, roughly 30 per cent., plus freights and other charges, brings up the cost to 11s. 2d. per box. To this has to be added 7s. 6d. by way of duty, making the importers' cost 16s. 8d. per box.

Senator Wilson - This makes it a luxury to dry one's clothes.

Senator VARDON - Exactly. My informant states that his company, has not been able to obtain Australian-made clothes pegs of good quality under 18s. 9d. per box. Before the war . the housewife paid something like1½d. for two dozen pegs, whereas to-day she has to pay 1s., an increase of 800 per cent. It cannot be said that the manufacture of clothes pegs is a great industry and as the local factories, are evidently unable to sell at the price of the imported goods, these heavy duties serve only to increase the cost of a very necessary article. I , move -

That the House of Representatives be requested, to make the duty, sub-item (d), general,1s.

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