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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I ask the Minister for further information on this item. As honorable senators probably are aware, a factory, which is now of Australia-wide importance, is operating in this industry in Queensland. Factories in other States are also turning out these goods satisfactorily. I have had 26 years' experience in this trade; therefore I know something about it. In the course of my first-reading speech, I recalled the time when all our requirements under this item were imported from the North British Rubber Company's factory in Canada. In spite' of the Jeremiahs who contended that Australian factories could never produce rubber shoes and boots equal to the overseas product, they are doing so to-day. No better products are turned out in any part of the world than those now being made by such factories as Dunlop-Perdrian and the N.A.R.M. factory in Queensland. I ask the Minister whether the reports of either the Tariff Board or the Department suggest that any injustice is being done to the Australian industry, or that greater protection should be given.

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