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Wednesday, 2 June 1926

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- The Minister (Senator Crawford) suggests that the manufacturers in Great Britain and elsewhere have endeavoured to evade the duties by making ribbons consisting of 41 ribs to the lineal inch. Of course they have, but in doing so they are within their rights. There is a line of demarcation in every item. I am not saying a word against the factory., which I visited in 1921, when I parted with the directors on excellent terms.

Senator Drake-Brockman - Has the honorable senator visited the factory since 1921?

Senator PAYNE - No.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -Brock man. - I have.

Senator Crawford - The position has altered considerably since then.

Senator PAYNE - I do not- doubt for a moment that the factory is capable of manufacturing 400,000 yards of ribbon a year of a particular kind but that quantity would be equivalent to only one-twentieth of our requirements.

Senator McLachlan - Is it the honorable senator's argument that the class of ribbon to. which he refers should not be affected by this item?

Senator PAYNE - Yes. I suppose I could procure 100 different shades of ribbon which have never been manufactured in Australia. I could have understood the proposed duty if the item were framed to protect an industry manufacturing the ordinary shades of hat-bands. I cannot, however, be a party to inflicting hardship upon the community, and especially upon the wives of working people by compelling them to pay 50 per cent. more than they should. Only a few days ago I saw a well-known advertisement published by those engaged in this industry, in which no mention was made of them being manufacturers of ribbons. They are manufacturers of hat galoons, college badges, and monograms. In order to test the feeling of the committee, I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to leave out the item.

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