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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator McDOUGALL (New South Wales) . - I am not going to vote against the increased duty, but, to my mind, it is a wrong way to induce the extension of banana-growing in Queensland. A bounty on white-grown bananas should be given. Recently, when we had the pleasure of taking a trip to Papua we called at Cairns, and were taken along the railway line for a few miles. I really could not believe that I was in Australia. I thought that I was in a foreign country. I could see only yellow men, yellow women, black men, and black women, and piebalds, who were engaged in growing bananas. By increasing the duty we shall help that colony of piebald people. That is wrong.

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