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Wednesday, 13 December 1905


Mr TUDOR (Yarra) - I am surprised at the inconsistency of some honorable members. They are prepared to concede the fullest amount of protection to some industries, and to deny it to others. I am willing to extend to the growers of white sugar in Queensland a fair amount of protection, and, if we were not prevented from doing so by the Constitution, I should be in favour of increasing the Excise duty on black-grown sugar, and abolishing it altogether so far as the whitegrown product is concerned. However, according to high constitutional authorities, we are prevented from adopting that course. It has often been stated that we are giving a bonus to the sugargrowers. But that does not fairly represent the case. As a matter of fact, the planters are paying the Excise duty upon their product, and are receiving threefourths of the amount ba:k in the form of a bounty. If honorable members had to pay their £400 a year into the Treasury, and had only £300 returned to them, they would not consider that they were receiving a bonus.


Mr Mahon - What about the £6 per ton protection which they enjoy ?


Mr TUDOR - I am not dealing with the question of protection at the present time. If I attempted to do so, I should be promptly ruled out of order. I favour the adoption of the sliding-scale ' by increasing the Exciseduty, so as to render it more difficult for the planters to employ black labour.

Mr. BATCHELOR(Boothby). - We have had a most interesting discussion, and I am bound to. confess that the diverse reasons advanced by honorable members who wish to see the bounty discontinued have been to me a revelation.







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