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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator DEIN (New South Wales) . - In my opinion, the line of demarcation between heavy and light materials, which has been fixed at 6 oz. to the square yard, is not well chosen. I have here a piece of imported cloth which weighs 5.95 oz. per sq. yd. It was manufactured at that weight in order to defeat the Australian tariff. The material is not suitable for manufacture into articles requiring hard wear, although, when dressed, it could easily deceive inexperienced people. Far from being as satisfactory as material of 7 to 9 oz. per sq. yd., it is by comparison, merely rubbish. I am afraid that a weight limit of 6 oz. will spell injury to the manufacturers of the heavier materials - such as white and khaki drills - that are required for special purposes. I do not agree, however, with the request moved by Senator Foll, as I believe that 3 oz. is too low; neither do I favour a limit of 41/2 oz. suggested by Senator Leckie. I suggest that even a limit of 5 oz. would enable purchasers to decide at a glance whether materials of this class would serve the particular purposes for which they required them. I ask Senator Foll to amend his request to make the weight limit 5 oz. instead of 3 oz., and I appeal to the Government to yield a little in this matter, because by doing so it will injure no one, but will greatly help our manufacturers.

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