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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) (3:48 AM) . - L move -

That the House of Representatives be asked to amend sub-item (b) by - leaving, out the word' " except " and' inserting, in lieu thereof the word "'including."-

I perused the-. Tariff to see if provision were made for. imposing a duty am buckles, clasps, and slides of. metal which are trimmings used in the making of various articles of attire, and there is only one other item under which they would be dutiable, and that would be under " manufactures of metal." It was never- intended to place them under that item, and I think it is only reasonable tq include them in this sub-item.

Senator Russell - The following' firms are manufacturing these articles: - Metal Products Proprietary Limited, Collingwood; Platers Proprietary Limited, Melbourne; and H. Arendsen, Melbourne. This industry was started during the war, and while supplies could not be imported the local articles were in demand, but when imports were available the local manufacturers could not compete.

Senator PAYNE - Buckles, such as are used for boots and shoes, are not suitable) forwearing apparel; and it is not fair to penalize the makers of wearing apparel because of the manufacture of shoe-buckles in Australia.

SenatorRussell. - I am informed that the industry was started during the war, and that while supplies could not be imported, the locally-made articles were much in demand; but that when the imported articles could again be obtained, the local articles could not compete against them, and the local manufacturers,in some cases, found it necessary to reduce their hands. There is not the slightest difficulty in the manufacture of these articles, and we should be able to supply our own requirements of them.

Senator PAYNE - In view of that statement, I shall not press the request.

SenatorRUSSELL. - The same condition will apply as obtains in connexion with the previous sub-item.

Request, by leave, withdrawn

Item agreed to.

Item 107-

Wovenmaterials in the piece or otherwise.-

Badges . ..Ribbons and galoons having not more than 48 ribs to the lineal inch, ad val., British, 35 per cent.; intermediate, 40 per cent.; general, 50 per cent.

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