Defence’s slouch hats to remain Australian-made

Defence will continue to procure slouch hats from the Australian companies Akubra and Mountcastle.

AAP reports that the 20,000 hats each year – worn by the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force – purchased by the federal government will be sourced from Akubra (who has been making them for 80-plus years, according to its website) and Mountcastle (est 1835, and who claims to be the country's oldest hat maker).

Procurement policies would allow the hats to be imported, if this represented better value for the taxpayer. However, and exemption was created in 2011, citing that the slouch hat is a 'national treasure of historic value' .

Image: www.army.gov.au

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