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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - There has been a reduction in duty from. 30 per cent, to 20 per cent., not with the idea of appealing to the vanity of the people who desire to wear silk, but for the purpose of preventing an injury being done to those engaged* in the umbrella, tie, and blouse making industries, for which this class of goods is required.

Senator Lynch - Then it is a protective duty after all.

Senator RUSSELL - It is protective to that extent, tie-making being a fairly important industry. Silk ties which were usually obtainable at from 3s. 6d. to 4s. before the war, rose in price to 13s. and 14s., owing to the increased cost of the silk, and as the situation is becoming more normal, it is desirable to do what is possible, by means of the Tariff, to keep such industries going.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Would not a reduction in the duty on silk further help those industries ?

Senator Bolton - Are silk stockings manufactured in Australia?

Senator RUSSELL - Yes ; silk stockings are being manufactured in Sydney. I hope the reduction will not be agreed to, and I ask Senator Lynch, in the interests of our local industries, not to press his request.

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