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Thursday, 7 August 1930

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - Paragraph e supports the attitude that I am adopting, in pressing for the acceptance of this amendment. It provides that any individual who manufactures goods of a value not exceeding £1,000 per annum shall be exempt. These blind people cannot be dealt with as individuals, because all the transactions take place with the institution, which sells their product in the aggregate. The sales would not represent anything like a value of £1,000 per annum per man. Persons who enjoy the blessings of unaffected eyesight are to be exempted, while these unfortunate blind people, who are dependent upon the successful operation of this industrial department, are to be penalized. I appeal to the Minister to withdraw his opposition to the amendment. If it goes out that the Commonwealth Government insists upon placing a burden, no matter how light it may be, upon these unfortunate blind people, the community will be both disappointed and disgusted.

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