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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Mr LONSDALE (New England) - 'i shall support the sliding s;ale. I was not a member of this Parliament when the present Act was passed, with the object of securing the substitution of white for black labour on the sugar plantations. We know very well that the bounty has not brought' about the results expected, and I want to know for how long the people of Australia are to be taxed in order to bring about the employment of white labour in a black man's country? We shall never succeed in carrying oh the sugar industry by means

Of white labour until we can change the climate of Northern Queensland. The white man can labour with advantage only in the temperate zone, whereas the sugar industry belongs to the tropics. The representatives of Queensland seem to desire that the bounty should go on for ever.

Mr Fisher - New South Wales has had her fair share of the bounty.

Mr LONSDALE - I am aware of that. But I am consistent in opposing the bounty system altogether. The sugar-growers of New South Wales, who have never employed black labour to any extent worth mentioning, are not entitled to the bounty, and, if I had my way, I should entirely abolish the present system. We are impoverishing the great majority of the people, and disregarding economic laws, in order to give employment to a few white men in the sugar industry.

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