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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- -

Although I said that some people regarded the slightly dearer Australian article as being of better quality than the imported shoe, it does not affect the position, because the British maker could make a better article at a slightly higher cost.

Senator de Largie - Let us agree to a duty which will keep out the- inferior article.

Senator PAYNE - It is not a matter of keeping out an inferior article. It is a question of providing people with what they require without unduly penalizing them. The duty proposed in the Tariff is out of all proportion to the needs of the local industry. The only other item which corresponds with it is the iniquitous impost of 150 per cent, on clothes pegs.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - How does the honorable senator explain the nondevelopment of the rubber shoe industry in Australia ?

Senator PAYNE - The industry is already developed. During the last few years it has advanced considerably.

Senator Wilson - It is only a child.

Senator PAYNE - It will grow. The honorable senator, who would not willingly undergo the experience of seeing his own children grow up without any efforts on their own part-

SenatorWilson. - I give- them all the -assistance I can, and that is what I want this child to get.

Senator PAYNE -I am prepared to give it assistance up to 60 per cent., which is- a very fine protection, for any industry.

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