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Thursday, 3 June 1926


Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) (Honorary Minister) . - I am informed that it is not possible to devise a provision that will enable a garment to be imported as a cotton garment if it is to a greater or less extent trimmed with silk. In what way is the item unjust? If it were agreed to, the only effect would be to compel this class of garment to be made of cotton throughout. If Senator Payne's proposal were applied to this particular garment it would be necessary to apply it also to about a dozen other items in connexion with which ten times as much silk might be used. It cannot be claimed that this garment is made wholly of cotton, because, undoubtedly, silk is used in its manufacture. What advantage does silk binding round the neck of a cotton singlet confer upon the purchaser ?


Senator Foll - Can the Minister tell us why a higher duty is imposed upon a cotton singlet trimmed with silk than upon a cotton singlet trimmed with cotton?


Senator CRAWFORD - Silk is dutiable at a higher rate thancotton throughout the tariff. If a garment made partly of silk and partly of cotton were to be dutiable at the rate fixed for one wholly of cotton, it would be a departure from the principles upon which our tariff has been established. If Senator Payne's proposal is negatived these imported garments will be composed wholly of cotton.


Senator Guthrie - What advantage would that be?


Senator CRAWFORD - It would give Australian manufacturers an opportunity to make a garment with silk trimming.







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