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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator REID (Queensland) .- I cannot support Senator Guthrie's request. The honorable senator is going the wrong way about securing his ends, and his statements cannot be borne out by facts. I can corroborate the remarks of Senator Payne with respect to the use of flannelette. Speaking for the poorer people of Queensland, and I think I can say for the public generally, flannelette is the most popular material used. In Queensland, very few people wear flannel in the summer months.' Flannelette is almost universally worn, . and it has proved to be the very opposite of detrimental to health. Previously young and old were compelled to wear calico; flannelette is very much warmer and in every way better. Another important consideration, in comparing the two materials, is that flannel cannot be washed and kept clean as can flannelette. The better the quality, the harder flannel gets with washing, and the more it shrinks the sooner the garment becomes useless. In Queensland, unless the people wear flannelette pyjamas they must wear silk, and the great bulk of the public cannot afford silk. No one would think of wearing flannel pyjamas. Most of the flannelette worn in Australia is imported from Britain. Very little comes from Japan, and that is of low grade. Although Queensland is a great woolproducing State, I have no hesitation in expressing myself a3 I now do; for I know that even the wool-growers refrain from wearing flannel garments, and they certainly do not wear silk pyjamas. Flannelette is the universal material. If Senator Guthrie doubts me I invite him to take a train journey through. Queensland or any of the States. And I will ask him to pay particular regard to the washing on hack-yard clothes lines., He will quickly perceive the proportion of flannelette garments to that of other materials. I shall be no party to forcing the Australian public to wear a material which is not half so sanitary or cheap as flannelette.

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