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Wednesday, 25 March 1987
Page: 1299

Senator SHEIL —My question is addressed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Is there any truth in the report that registered clothing manufacturers will be able to continue to import certain lightweight silk, cotton, wool and man-made fabrics at a concessional 2 per cent duty after 1988, while home dressmakers-by that I mean people who make their own dresses at home to get some relief from the high cost of living today-will be hit by a duty of 8 per cent per year for five years, with the duty rising to 40 per cent by 1993?

Senator BUTTON —The information contained in the question does not sound right to me, but I have not got those figures precisely in mind. I will obtain an answer for Senator Sheil.