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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator LYNCH ("Western Australia) . - Under section 2 of sub-item a calico for bag making, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, is free, although it has hitherto been dutiable under the general Tariff. This means that the flour-millers and the exporters of meat, oatmeal, and other commodities will be able to obtain, duty free, the material necessary for their cotton bags and wrappers. Why should we differentiate between such firms as Robert Harper and Company and the men engaged in filling these calico bags in their factories, who have to pay duty on the dungarees used in the manufacture of their working clothes ?

Senator RUSSELL - Dungaree from the United Kingdom is free.

Senator LYNCH - I am aware of that; but there is a duty of 15 per cent, under the general Tariff, and most of this material comes from the United States of America. I am speaking, not only for the men engaged in putting flour into calico bags - not only for the miner and the 'men in. our forests - but also for the " poor denizens of Toorak," who go out shooting in. their overalls. This is clearly an attempt to tax what is a very common article of wearing apparel so far as the vast majority of our working men are concerned. I therefore move -

That the House of Representatives he requested .to insert in sub-item (a) the following new paragraph: -

(3)   Dungaree, for making into garments, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, British, free; intermediate, free; general, free.

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