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Wednesday, 21 March 1928

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- Senator Duncanhas argued that I have proposed a duty of 40 per cent, on skins imported from the , ' continent ; that the duty on fur clothing is only 55 per cent. ; that therefore the Australian manufacturer will benefit to the extent of only 15 per cent.; and that that will mean the ruination of the fur clothing industry in Australia. Last year we imposed a duty of 45 per cent, on tweeds and one of 12s. 6d. on the finished garment that had been made from imported tweed. How does that work out ? The flat rate of 12s. 6d. on an overcoat invoiced in England at 30s., is equal to 40 per cent., which is 5 per cent, less than the duty on the tweed itself. On an overcoat invoiced in England at 25s. the duty of 12s. 6d. is equal to 50 per cent. Thousands of operatives depend upon that industry for their livelihood, and the clothing manufacturing trade in Australia has been put in a more flourishing condition. That is my reply to Senator Duncan.

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