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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) .- Apparently the proposed amendment is to affect only embroideries, but the same argument applies to the paragraph which deals with laces. I have before me a specimen of lace which is largely used by the white workers for goods which, are purchased by the poorer classes. I am informed that if the Bill goes through in its present form, these goods will pay 25 and 15 Der cent. I have before me also another kind of lace, which is made in widths exceeding 18 inches. It is used for a rather attractive and delicate kind of dress. Under the Bill, this superior kind of lace will be dutiable at 15 and 10 per cent. Surely this differentiation does not benefit the poorer classes. The Minister is proposing to remove the anomaly with regard to embroideries, but not with regard to laces.

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