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Wednesday, 16 November 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- The industry in question is one of those which is peculiarly suited to establishment in country centres. At Clunes, one of Victoria's decayed mining villages, a successful lead has been given; and the example has been followed at Stawell, another old mining town, which has fallen back upon the establishment of an entirely new activity, and has considerably benefited, while, at the same time, assisting to decentralize the population of the State. Operations are flourishing also, I understand, on the border, namely, at Albury. A reduction of the duties has been urged on the ground that, despite the rates imposed, the imports from Great Britain are increasing. That should indicate that the duties are not sufficiently high.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - The Australian manufacturers are making fortunes without the assistance of any duties whatever.

Senator ELLIOTT - The contrary has been reported. The Senate's request, if acceded to, would, I am informed, ruin the industry. There are already thirteen factories in New South Wales and Victoria, and the capital invested amounts to about £3,000,000. I shall support the motion.

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