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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- I support the retention of the duties as they stand. We have in Papua and elsewhere large tropical areas where rubber is being produced, and we should use the produce of the rubber plantations of those Possessions in the development of our local industries. If the request made by Senator Payne were agreed to local manufacturers of sand shoes would either have to produce an inferior article or go out of business. Senator Payne has frankly admitted that the imported shoes which he- exhibited are inferior to those of Australian manufacture. If this suggested reduction were made our manufacturers would be compelled to put on the market an inferior article.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - They would not be able to carry on. .

Senator ELLIOTT - They would have either to close down or produce an inferior article. I have had a very bitter experience of the inferiority of some classes of imported sand shoes. When at the seaside some time ago I purchased sand shoes for myself and family, and in a very few days the soles were completely worn out. Some of the imported sand shoes are made for sale and not for use. The Government are doing a service to the community by imposing these heavy duties. In the interests of the public it would be advisable to absolutely prohibit the importation of inferior classes of sand shoes. I strongly support the retention of the duties.

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