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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) (6:17 AM) . - In view. of the statements made concerning the Melbourne company I shall not proceed with my proposed request. I was aware that, some years ago, Australia was dependent upon outside supplies. I am glad to know that there is now a local industry which, up to 1919, at any rate, claimed to be able to meet the requirements of the Commonwealth, and which was, at the same time, using for its raw material cotton grown in Australia. It is only fair that the company should look for support from the community to-day seeing that it supplied its wants during the war years, when foreign importations were not available. I was interviewed on Wednesday by a representative of a firm concerned in the manufacture of engine-cleaning waste. I was to be supplied with certain interesting information, and it has not yet come to hand, since I informed my interviewer that the item could not be reached before Friday.

Senator RUSSELL - Engine-cleaning waste is subject only to a 10 per cent, general duty.

Senator PAYNE - I am concerned as to whether the industry should not be given some reasonable degree of protection. The firm of Frederick S. Holt and Company Proprietary Limited, of South Melbourne, hae established substantial mills, and has been. turn-, ing out an excellent cotton^ waste, among other things. The plant was recently enlarged in order to cope with rapidly expanding ' orders. Will the Minister consent to postpone the item that I may secure the information which is to be made available for me?

Senator Russell - I suggest that the item be agreed to. It can be subsequently recommitted.

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