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Wednesday, 2 June 1926

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) . - I think the proposed alterations in the duty will give an impetus to the industry of making artificial flowers, which are now extensively used in different parts of Australia. It is quite an education to those who traverse our big emporiums to see the number of people who, under the guidance of instructors, are seeking to acquire a knowledge of making these flowers. There are periods in Australia when our natural flowers, although usually growing in profusion, are not easily obtainable, and quite a number of people use, for decorative purposes, artificial flowers, which are hard to distinguish from some of the natural flowers. As a protectionist, I am glad to see a little additional protection afforded to this industry. Further than that, the alteration proposed will make it easier for the Customs officials to carry on their work.

Item agreed to.

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