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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator GARDINER -- From a Protectionist point of view, it is right to impose a duty ; but from the Christian point of view, it is wrong.

Senator Millen - Which is uppermost with you at the present moment?

Senator GARDINER - The Christian overcomes the Protectionist at present. I did not rise to make fun of the item, but to point out that it is one for the Christian Protectionist or the Protectionist Christian to consider. Germany appears to be doing an immense businessinthepro duction of scripture and post cards. If there is any Australian view which is worthy of being reproduced on post-cards, a proof is sent to Germany, and cards are imported. The question is whether scripture cards shall be taxed.

Senator rae -They are free.

Senator GARDINER -I find that the duty of 25 per cent. applies, to oil or water colour paintings, and not to pictures, n.e.i., including scripture cards. I should like to know why these cards should not be printed in Australia by our own workmen ? No one will question that we have men and machinery for the purpose. Perhaps if we did encourage our workmen to print the cards we might send some to Germany just as the Germans are sending them to us. I am really sorry that, when I commenced to speak, I had not noticed that the cards are free under this item. I want to know, however, why our printers and printing establishments are not to be included with those that are to get protection under the Tariff. I intend to move that the House of Representatives be requested to amend subitem (a) by leaving out the word " Free," and making the duties 40 and 30 per cent. I propose to submit the request because, all day long I have had to listen to the complaints of honorable senators who seem to think that my attitude has been that of a Free Trader. I am determined to show them that I have repented, and come to the Opposition side of the chamber. From this side, I shall join them in trying to find work for our own people. I cannot believe that a party that puts a tax on the tanks which are so largely used by the farmers, and wants to tax everything else, merely to give work to our own people, will refuse to afford to our printers an opportunity of turning out scripture cards. I recollect that when I was speaking on behalf of a small industry which was interested in the duty upon split hides-

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