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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- 1 am sorry that I cannot support Senator Lynch's proposal. I do not think that he has quite grasped the position. He is anxious to provide that certain material used by a large number of working men shall bo admitted free from any country; but it is already provided in the schedule that this material shall -be admitted free -if it is of British manufacture, and as far back as I can remember dungarees have been manufactured in Great Britain. I admit that other materials which may be used for the same purpose are imported in very large quantities from America, and even from Japan, but they are not dungarees, and I doubt whether the dungaree material manufactured in America is of better value than that turned out by the British manufacturer. We must do all we can to assist and encourage the industries of the Motherland to recover their former position, and we can do this by giving Great Britain a certain amount of preference, particularly in respect to that article known to the trade as dungaree, of which England can supply us with quite as valuable an article as that produced in America. Senator Crawford has mentioned that there are many other cotton substitutes for dungarees. We are not manufacturing anything in Australia that can be used as a substitute for this material. It is made of a strong class of cotton, and thus has a strength not possessed by similar material.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - We could manufacture such material from Lincoln wool.

Senator PAYNE - I hope that the time will come when we shall manufacture everything we require in Australia, but for the present we ought to be satisfied with the fact that dungaree material is to be admitted free from Great Britain, while it will pay 5 per cent, duty under the intermediate Tariff and 15 per cent. under the general. I am sure Senator Lynch is as anxious as I am to help in the restoration of the manufactures of Great Britain. It is not a reasonable suggestion that we should put America and Japan on the same plane as the Mother Country in respect to goods which can be supplied to us by British manufacturers of a quality equal to the money we are prepared to pay for them.

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