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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - The more I think over the proposition the more I am. inclined to support Senator Duncan. Of the total production of Australian wool only about 5 per cent, is turned to account locally. The Government Analyst contends that kapok has one considerable advantage in that it is odourless. Are not woollen blankets odourless ? Woollen mattresses are almost imperishable; they are handed down from father to son. The trouble with the manufacturers of the local article will be that they will never get return orders. Comparing the cost of the one with the other, and taking into account the life of each, a woollen mattress is considerably the cheaper. As for the argument that it makes an uncomfortably hot bed in the Australian summer, is not wool a nonconductor of heat ? Does not the housewife wrap up her ice in a piece of woollen cloth?

Senator Pearce - Everybody should wear blankets in summer in order to keep cool ?

Senator LYNCH - Ice wrapped in a woollen blanket lasts longer than in cotton material. I support the request.

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