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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator BOLTON (Victoria) .- This is a very important item, as it affects the mass of the people. A State Minister said a. little while ago that it cost as much to buy one pair of boots as it did to purchase three hides, which indicates that, there is a great difference between the cost of the raw material and the- price which people have to pay for- footwear. There is a plentiful supply of raw material of good- quality in Australia, and as we have the best workmen in the world, a duty of 40 per cent, is reasonable. I support the request.

Request agreed to.

Request (by Senator Guthrie) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the duties, ad val., intermediate, 35 per cent.; British, 30 per cent.

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