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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- I strongly support the request. Wool producers are experiencing great difficulty in procuring a market for this primary Australian product. If an opportunity is presented for establishing an additional outlet Parliament should not decline it. No hardship will be inflicted on the public, because, although the initial cost of a woollen mattress is greater, the article itself lasts for years longer than a kapok mattress. In a few seasons the latter is practically reduced to dust. I have not had actual experience of a woollen mattress, but it should be almost everlasting.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - It will outlast a man's lifetime.

Senator Payne - The woollen mattress has not yet been tried out.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - It has been used in England for a hundred years.

Senator ELLIOTT - The manufacture of woollen mattresses has been begun in Sydney, and is being established in Melbourne. The Australian makers should be given a fair chance. Should we allow a cheap and nasty foreign product to be imported from the East Indies to compete with a superior local article?

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