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Thursday, 10 June 1926

Senator REID (Queensland) .- I have a complaint from manufacturers of silk yarn that they experience serious competition from the United States of America and other parts of the world. The Tariff Board made an inquiry in Sydney, and only one gentleman appeared on behalf of the importers.

Senator Pearce - Silk goods are under sub-itemd.

Senator REID - Sub-item d reads - " Silk or silk in admixture with artificial silk, but not including yarns composed wholly of artificial silk." The manufacturers say that this material is landed in Australia at a lower price than that at which it can be made locally.

Senator Pearce - But the deferred duties are to be 20 per cent., 30 per cent., and 35 per cent.

Senator REID - Have those duties been fixed since the Tariff Board took evidence in Sydney?

Senator Pearce - Yes.

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