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Thursday, 3 June 1926

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I hope that any such proposal will not be accepted. I have examined the caps which the honorable senator says are made of shoddy material, and I understand that he favours the imposition of a higher duty so as to compel every person in Australia to wear a heavy Australian tweed cap. The material in caps should be both light and warm, and I should say that any one of the caps exhibited by the honorable senator will last any man as long as he cares to wear it. There is nothing to be gained by using a heavy texture or twill in a cap. The Government's proposal is to increase the British duty from 8s. a dozen to 12s., an advance of 50 per cent., with a corresponding increase in the intermediate and general tariffs. I intend to support the item as it stands.

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