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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - The example given by Senator Lynch was a rather unfortunate one for his argument. He referred to bags for the export of flour, arid I remind him that these are made from calico goods brought here in the piece. The work of making the bags is done in Australia. The printing of the bags also gives work to 'local printers. Sub-item b covers piece goods that are practically manufactured. They are designed for different articles, and though a little hemming may be necessary in the case of each article, it is practically the finished article that is im: ported. This work ought to be done in Australia.

Senator Lynch - What protection will . a duty of 5 per cent, afford?

Senator RUSSELL - The honorable senator would' not suggest that there should be the same duty imposed, for instance, on pig iron as upon a finished machine. The pig iron in the machine might be worth only £4 or £5, whilst the machine might be worth as many thousands of pounds. It is a wellacknowledged principle of the Tariff that where we have not the raw material required for an industry we give protection to cover the additional cost of the manufacture of the finished article in Australia, under Australian conditions. (Senator Lynch. - The Minister must remodel the Tariff if he thinks that a duty of 5 per cent, is sufficient to protect Australian labour.

Senator RUSSELL - It will give some protection. If I had my way the goods covered by sub-item b would be regarded as finished manufactures," and be made dutiable accordingly.

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