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Wednesday, 14 March 1928

Senator FOLL (QUEENSLAND) - Yes. If these manufacturers wished to exploit the public they could easily sell these garments at ls. more and still be under the rate at which imported articles are sold. Senator Duncan and Senator Greene directed attention to the fact that in consequence of the imposition of these duties, Australian manufacturers have been able to reduce prices. There is nothing unusual or strange, as suggested by Senator Payne and Senator Chapman, in imposing a flat rate as in this case. This system has been adopted to keep out- cheap articles which are of very little use to the public, and to ensure that people will buy superior Australian goods instead of the shoddy articles which Senator Payne would like to see coming into this country.

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