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Tuesday, 24 July 1906

Mr CULPIN (Brisbane) . - I wish to say a word on this question. I am in favour of something being done which will help us, and which especially will be of advantage to the northern State. With that object in view, and believing that, under the amendment moved by the honorable member for Barrier, Queensland, as well as the rest of the Commonwealth, can be provided with a good shipping service, I shall support that amendment. We have had instances from the other side of the readiness of honorable members to give up something. According to his own statement, the leader of the Opposition has given up no less a thing than this Parliament. The right honorable gentleman also proposes to give up the provision we have made for the employment of white seamen in vessels subsidized bv the Commonwealth. Whatever we may feel about giving up this Parliament, none of us on this side thinks of giving up that provision. I shall support the amendment moved by the honorable member for Barrier, and I hope that we shall be able to carry it.

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