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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) - I shall support the amendment, on the ground that it was never contemplated that a gift of £2perton should be conferred upon planters who have always employed white labour. The real object of the Parliament was to secure the substitution of white labour for black labour.

Mr Wilkinson - The honorable member would penalize the man who has consistently endeavoured to maintain a White Australia.

Mr McWILLIAMS - The question of penalty does not enter into consideration, except so far as the consumers of sugar throughout the Commonwealth are being penalized in order that we may make a free gift to men who are merely pursuing the course which they have adopted from the very inception of the industry. What would honorable members think if the honorable member for Yarra proposed that a bounty should be given to every white cabinet-maker in Melbourne?

Mr Tudor - If an Excise duty were levied upon the product of Chinese cabinetmakers, I would support a proposal to pay a bounty to white cabinet-makers.

Mr McWILLIAMS - The imposition of an Excise duty upon cabinet-makers might be justified if - as in the case of sugar - that industry were protected by a 40 per cent. Customs duty. Ever since the sugar bounty was introduced we have been making a free gift of £40,000 per annum to the sugar-planters of New South Wales for carrying on their industry under the same conditions that have prevailed from the outset.

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