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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator REID (Queensland) . - The Minister has admitted that this is a revenue-producing item.

Senator Russell - Largely.

Senator REID - Tie-making as an industry is being carried on in nearly all of the States, and silk is its raw material. In the hotter States, particularly Queensland and Western Australia, silk wearing apparel is a necessary article. Why should the people of those States be -penalized because the climate compels them to wear silk? Senator Lynch declares silk, as an article of apparel, to be a luxury. In the southern States people are accustomed to wear dull, heavy clothing, but in the northern parts of the Commonwealth light washing material is the popular article of apparel, and what can be better than silk?

Senator Bolton - There is more silk worn in Victoria than in any other State.

SenatorREID. - Then I think it must be worn in the ball-rooms, for it is certainly not seen in the streets. This duty on silk is simply a tax on the people who live in the hotter climate. People who wear heavy clothes in a hot climate look warm and uncomfortable, but those who have travelled in Western and Northern Queensland know that the womenfolk there dress in light clothing, and always look cool and pleasing. Here the womenfolk wear dull, stuffy clothes.

Senator Bolton - The honorable senator does not see the right sort of people. What part of Melbourne does he visit?

Senator REID - I sometimes visit The Block. Silk is a necessity in hot climates, where it is largely used for women's and children's clothing, so that this duty is a special tax on certain States designed to produce revenue to help the other States out of their difficulties.

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