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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales.) . - The Minister has now definitely declared that these trimmings are being made in Australia. A. little while ago he was extremely doubtful on the point. It is quite clear that in the balancing of the industries which the Ministry seek to advantage by the Tariff, they are more inclined to study the interests of the manufacturers of trimmings than the interests of our dressmakers. In proportion as we impose a duty upon ribbons and galloons which cannot be produced in Australia, we increase the cost of the raw materials to our dressmakers, and cut into that measure of protection which has- hitherto been extended to the finished article. There is no escaping the logic of that position. This great

Labour Ministry practically tells the dressmakers of the Commonwealth that they must look after themselves.

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