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Wednesday, 31 August 1921

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) . - I wish, briefly, to support the request moved by Senator Glasgow. We are large exporters of hides, and the trouble is that in New Zealand, on account of the slump, hides have come down in value from £6 to £1 each in twelve months. This is a lower value than I ever remember these hides to be at, and New Zealand does not wish to incur the expense of paying the freight of1d. per lb. to London. The result is that the hides are being dumped in Australia, as the figures of Senator Glasgow show. Our hide market is consequently in a frightfully depressed state. New Zealand is' the only place these hides can come from,and I ask the Government to accept the request, particularly in view of the fact that the cost will not be increased to the consumer.

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