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Friday, 4 June 1926

Senator FOLL (QUEENSLAND) .- I agree with the remarks made by Senator Guthrie in opposition to any reduction of duty on this item. We have to remember that the knitting firms of Australia are using the same raw material and the same machinery as are employed in the manufacture of knitted goods in Great Britain. Yet Senator Payne tells us that because certain goods are made in Australia their quality is inferior to that of similar goods manufactured in Great Britain. One of the greatest handicaps on the Australian manufacturer is that there are not many people in our midst who are anxious to push the sale of the local article.. For some reason or other the employee in the average retail establishment will try to force English articles on his customers to the detriment of Australian articles.

Senator Thompson - My recent experience has been exactly the opposite.

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