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Thursday, 3 June 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) (Honorary Minister) . - Yesterday, when I submitted a request which would not have altered the effect of the item then under discussion, Senator Payne objected to such matters being brought forward without notice. I accordingly withdrew my proposal, and asked honorable senators who intended to submit requests to notify them immediately, so that they could be circulated, and time would be given for their consideration. Now Senator Payne, without giving any notice of his intention, proposes an amendment which is so framed that it will not oven achieve the object he. has in view. It would be an anomaly to admit silk which is really part of the fabric of a garment at the rate of duty on cotton goods. The Australian manufacturer has to pay a fairly high rate of duty on silk yarn, or silk piece goods, used for the purpose of his manufacture. If the importer could get in garments containing silk at the rate of duty on cotton garments the Australian manufacturer of such goods would be at a distinct disadvantage, inasmuch as he would be obliged to pay duty on the yarn from which his silk pieces are manufactured, or on the silk piece goods he imports for use in his manufactures. Surely Senator Payne does not want to do that, yet that is the effect his amendment would have.

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