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Wednesday, 16 November 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) - It is very necessary that country tows should have industries which do not require large factories or any great outlay of capital for plant and machinery. The corset industry, particularly, lends itself to development in inland towns. It could be started in a small room containing a few sewing machines. The. m ufacture of a famous French corset wa┬╗ commenced by a widow woman, who lived in a small village in which I was once bil.lected, and that village is now a_ prosperous one .as a result of the industry established there. There has been no great expenditure of capital in the factory. The machines are operated by girls drawn from the peasantry. Skilled cutters are employed, and the girls do the sewing. Once the manufacture of corsets is established in Australia, there is no reason why the industry should not be extended to a dozen country centres. That would soon bring down the price of the article to the Australian buyer. I support the Minister's proposal.

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