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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - The Minister says that these articles are being manufactured in a small way, and if that be so, I should like the honorable senator to tell us who is manufacturing them in Australia? My information is that, as a matter of fact, no attempt is made to manufacture any of these articles here. It would be an assistance to costume-makers and others in Australia to leave these articles as they are in the existing Tariff, and the only effect of the proposed amendment will be to increase the revenue. It cannot have any effect hi promoting manufactures in Australia.

Senator de Largie - It is not easy for the Minister to explain technical matters of this kind.

Senator ST LEDGER - We do not expect that, but we do expect the honorable senator to get information from the -departmental officials who are sitting behind him. I am disposed to divide the Committee on my amendment if some better reason is not given for the proposal now made.

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