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Friday, 4 June 1926

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I desire to make a personal explanation. Senator Guthrie accused me of inconsistency, inasmuch as I supported a duty on yarn which would be of benefit to a Tasmanian industry, whilst to-day I was opposing a proposed increase in the duty on hosiery. I find on referring to the tariff debates of 1921 that I supported, on woollen yarn imported from

Great Britain, a duty of 10 per cent., which was to become operative on and after 1st January, 1923. In view of the fact that I supported that duty, and am now opposing an increase of from 35 to 45 per cent. on this item, I leave it to honorable senators to judge whether I am guilty of inconsistency.

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