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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) (2:10 AM) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the item by adding the following words: - "And on and after 1st November, 1921 -

(a)   Saddlers' webs, upholsterers' webs, saddlers' felt for lining horse and cattle rugs, ad. val., British, free; intermediate, free; general, 10 per cent.

(b)   Collar check, collar cloth, saddlers' kersey, and saddler's serge, ad val., British, 30 per cent. ; intermediate, 40 per cent.; general, 45 per cent."

I ask for these duties on collar check for the reason that factories for its manufacture have been established in Australia, and are manufacturing a material equal to any that is imported. I am assured that they are able to supply the requirements of Australia, and since the industry is using low-grade crossbred wools, which we do not know what to with at present, it ought to be encouraged. It has been in operation for some months, and already has a big output., I do not wish to weary honorable senators by reading letters I have received from firms engaged in the retail trade, but I may say that they are to the effect that the locally- made article is equal to the imported, that there is a big demand for it, and that if our requirements are made here instead of being imported, something like 1,500 or 1,600 bales of low-grade crossbred wool will be used every year by the industry.

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