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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - The Government desire to makeevery article that is necessary to the manufacturer of clothing for men, women, and children free, so long as it is not manufactured in Australia. But the object of thissubitem is to distinguish braid from trimmings. Senator Russell's proposal would not do that. He has referred to braids- 5 inches in width and over, which he says are often attached to the dresses of poor women. But I would point out that suchbraids are not in reality braids, but trimmings. A braid is intended to be used either for an ornament or for binding, and the Customs Department has always experienced great difficulty in distinguishing between what is a braid and what is a trimming. I am prepared to accept an amendment to make the sub-item apply to braids- 3 inches in width, instead of 2 inches. Everybody must acknowledge that that is.' about the limit of what may be termed a braid.

Senator Givens - That is a reasonableconcession.

Senator McGREGOR - Then everything which had the appearance of braid, and which is under 3 inches in width, would be admitted free.

Senator Givens - Whether it be composed of silk, cotton, or wool ?

Senator McGREGOR - As far as I understand, that is so.

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