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Wednesday, 16 November 1921


Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) . - I do not claim to have the expert knowledge of this article which Senator Payne possesses; but .1 do "not think it fair to impose excessively high duties and thus penalize the womenfolk of Australia, to whom, I understand, corsets are a necessity. When this item was previously before the Committee we had a long discussion, and decided" to favour the imposition of 15 per cent., 20 per cent., and 25 per cent, duties; and I cannot see, merely because honorable members in another place have expressed a different opinion, why we should pile on higher duties and thus increase the cost of living to the people. Realizing that Senator Payne has had considerable experience in the trade, I would like him to continue and give the Committee the benefit of his knowledge.







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