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Monday, 18 December 1911

The CHAIRMAN - There is nothing about corsets in the Bill before the Committee.

Senator Pearce - Corsets remain as at present.

Senator McDOUGALL - I am sorry that the duty cannot be increased. These articles are produced in New South Wales factories under State laws, which compel certain rates of wages to be paid to the girls and women employed. The necessity for a higher duty has been pointed out to me By one firm, and I was assured that fair wages are being paid.

Senator McGregor - Next time the honorable senator sees that manufacturer, he might ask him to furnish a reply to the circular of the Minister of Trade and Customs.

Senator McDOUGALL - Wages in accordance with Wages Board rates are being paid. Learners receive 8s. 6d. per week, and the remainder of the employes 30s. The present duties are of little use to the manufacturers.

Item agreed to.

Items 107 (Apparel and attire), 108 (Felts, &c), no (Feathers dressed), 114 (Blankets, &c), 115 (Carpets, &c), and 116 (Coir mats) agreed to.

Item 117 -

By inserting in the item after the word "sachets" the words "cotton or linen handkerchiefs and serviettes."

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