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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) (2:36 AM) . - No Australian manufacturer has ever attempted or, I venture to say, will attempt for the next, ten years to make, black cashmere, black voile, or challis, that beautiful light material used for women's blouses.

Senator Pearce - Foy and Gibson are making woollen goods weighing as little as 6 ozs. per square yard.

Senator PAYNE - If that is the trouble, I am prepared to limit my proposal to material not weighing more than 4 oz. . psr square yard; but, as a matter of fact, the material I would admit at the lower rates of duty would not come into competition with Australian-made woollen goods. I do not think I need say more on the matter. I hope that honorable senators will support my request.

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