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Wednesday, 14 March 1928

Senator REID (Queensland) .- We have had a line of socks shown to us which Senator Chapman says can be landed at 4s. a dozen, and also an Australian line of socks produced at 10s. 7d. a dozen. I should say that the Australian article would wear three times as long as the other. Any one who knows anything about hosiery would come to the same conclusion. The Australian sock is, therefore, the better -investment for the working man, for whom Senator Chapman has put up a special plea. I can understand the honorable senator putting up a fight for his particular views; but even if the duty on foreign socks is 300 per cent., it is Australians who are employed in manufacturing Australian socks, and the value of these is three times that' of the foreign articles. Senator Chapman's concern is for the working man!

Senator Chapman - I am speaking not only on behalf of the working man ; but also on behalf of the country man.

Senator REID - I do not know very much about the country man, but I know from observation that there are very few cotton socks worn By Australian workmen in cities.

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