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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) - Some: of' the articles mentioned by Senator' Payne are- manufactured. in Australia:. There has been-, a wonderful development, in regard to the manufacture of minor articles, of this description, and I can assure the honorable senator, that those which are not manufactured here- will be: exempt, and that no departmental by-laws will be inrtroduced unless such articles' are manufactured. in. the. Commonwealth.

Senator Payne - Cotton belting is not manufactured here;

Senate*- RUSSELL. - If such is the case it will be exempt until it is.

Senator Payne - Plain braids are not made. here.

Senator RUSSELL - I am informed they are.

Senator Payne - I made special inquiries, and was assured that they were not: If the- Minister will give me .an assurance that articles that are not manufactured here- shall be exempt, and that by-laws- will not be framed to make them dutiable until they are I shall be prepared to withdraw my request.

Senator RUSSELL - I can give -that assurance;

Request, by. leave, withdrawn.

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