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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) - - I do not think that it is quite fair that, because 1 come from New South Wales, every vote that I give should be represented as being a " good old Free Trade vote." I do not object to others voting for items, because this is their Government's Tariff. They have a right to do so. I do not call them " good old Protectionists," even if they were not sent here primarily to support Protection. But if there is to be mud-throwing over this Tariff, I beg to state that I am a pretty good hand at that kind of thing, and shall take a hand on every question that is raised. In this instance, there is a duty of 3s. 6d. on timber. Senator McDougall has moved that it be reduced to 3s. The difference of 6d. is hardly worth talking about. But I am not prepared to sit here and be taunted simply because others are jealous on account of the fact that the State which I represent became so rich under Free Trade that she is able to contribute more largely than any other State to the revenues of the Commonwealth.

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