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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (2:38 AM) . - I regret that I cannot follow Senator Rae in this matter. It is just as absurd to think of encouraging art in Australia by shutting out art from other countries as it would be to talk of encouraging literature and music by shutting out the great literary masterpieces, and the works of the great musical composers. This proposal exhibits the Protectionist ideal in a light which shows up its absurdity and its illogical character. A little time ago I was anxious for a protective duty in the interests of the printers, but could not get sufficient support. This, however, is carrying Protection to a ridiculous length.

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