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Thursday, 2 August 1906
Page: 2272

Mr REID (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I do not take that view; but my words have been ingeniously twisted in order to make it appear that I am anxious to bring about a condition of suffering for our people, when I have really tried to prevent it by advocating the development of our natural resources, which will give Australian labour the highest rewards.

Mr Deakin - America, with her eyes open, imported cheap labour.

Mr REID - It is a reproach to protectionist America that the manufacturers, and not the workers, have received the benefits of the Tariff.

Mr Deakin - The importation to which I refer has brought about a great deal of the poverty there.

Mr REID - What I complain of is that my expression of regret that poverty will come as our millions increase has been tortured into the expression of a desire to reduce Australian labour to a condition in which none of us would like to see it.

Debate (on motion toy Mr. Carpenter) adjourned.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.

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