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Tuesday, 12 August 1902

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I can give the honorable member some samples of tweeds manufactured in Victorian mills, which contain from 30 to 40 per cent. of shoddy. I trust that the committee will approve of the request of the Senate.

Mr. CONROY(Werriwa).- I have just had recalled to my mind the statement made by the Minister for Trade and Customs that the imposition of a duty upon any article increases its price. I suppose the light honorable gentleman wishes to increase the cost of articles of apparel in order that a particular section of the community may benefit thereby. Only this afternoon he assured the committee that the price of any article was raised by the amount of the duty imposed upon it, and yet he now refuses to remit duties which will increase the cost of articles that are used by the great bulk of the people to the extent of 5s. and 3s. in the £1 respectively.

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