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Thursday, 22 March 1928

Senator VERRAN (South Australia) . - I was under the impression that Senator Chapman proposed to move a request for an amendment of this item.

Senator Chapman - I intend to do so.

Senator VERRAN - Senator Lynch has just told us that certain manufacturers in this country have become millionaires as a result of the protection given to their industry.

Senator Carroll - None of our farmers have become millionaires.

Senator VERRAN - In my State there are some who have done pretty well. I have in mind, however, the position of the unfortunate, struggling farmers in areas remote from centres of civilization. The Government of South Australia has laid hundreds of miles of iron piping for the reticulation of country farming districts. The water in some cases has to be carried 70 or 80 miles. We are only asking that the farmer and the pastoralist shall not be burdened with the extra cost of the proposed duties. The pastoralist may be wealthy in one year, but a drought in the following year will knock him flat. We never hear of iron foundries being in that unenviable position. The Broken Hill Proprietary Limited is not a benevolent or a charitable institution; it is out for every penny it can get. How much more protection do we want than that which is afforded by 12,000 miles of sea? I hope that the Committee will support a reduction of the proposed duties.

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