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Wednesday, 30 September 1936

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- The Minister has stated that the Government has gone, as far as it can go in exempting articles of footwear, but why does this exemption apply only to boots, shoes and slippers and disregard BOX and stockings? Sox and stockings are footwear and just as essential as boots and shoes.

Senator Sir George PEARCE - That would take us into the whole range of textiles.

Senator PAYNE - No; it would only involve hosiery. The Government should go the whole hog.

Senator Sir Georg ja PEARCE - What about corn plasters?

Senator PAYNE - The health of the people should be conserved, and it is just as important to health that people should be able to obtain cheaply sox and stockings as it is for them to be able to obtain boots and shoes. Health depends largely on the proper care of the feet. I welcome the exemption on boots and shoes,' but I think the Government should have gone further.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [4.55]. - The trade term "footwear " does not include sox and stockings. Broadly and generally, it means boots, shoes and slippers. It does not include bed-socks, gaiters, leggings or spats, all of which are more or less distinctly related to footwear. A line had to be drawn somewhere and the Government drew it at boots and shoes.

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