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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - Unfortunately, I am not able to supply Senator Payne with figures; but I have information here to the effect that in sub-item a, paragraph 2, provision is made for the free admission of calico for bag making in the interests of the flour export trade, and that, as it is impracticable to arrange for the drawback of duty, owing to the difficulty of distinguishing between United Kingdom calico and calico of other origin, the flour export' trade is at a disadvantage in competition abroad, on account of the duty on 'the material used in the bags. That is to say, it is difficult to tell where the calico comes from ; but I believe the bulk has been coming from America.

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