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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - BROCKMAN. - They are all in the State of Victoria. There is not a condensed milk manufacturing industry in Western Australia, which is a State that needs developing. There is not oneimpost in the whole of this terrible Tariff that is of the slightest assistance to men who are engaged in isolated places, and it is time we showed them more consideration. We speak in very strong language concerning the necessity of encouraging people to go on the land, and then the Government introduce a damnablething like this to discourage people from going out, which naturally results in retarding development. I am appealing on behalf of those in country districts; and in connexion with this and other similar items I shall not hesitate to seek a. reduction of duties in an endeavour to see that supplies of necessary commodities are made available at reasonable rates. It is ridiculous to say that we can hold this immense continent with a paltry 5,000,000 people, particularly if we continue encouraging those who are here to remain in the cities. People have been encouraged by Commonwealth and State Governments to engage in rural pursuits, and undertake work in country districts; and it is our duty, when framing a Tariff, to make the duties on imported goods sufficiently low to enable certain commodities to be made available to them at reasonable rates. I appeal to the Committee to adhere to the rates that were in force before the present Tariff was introduced, because they were adequate and allowed these industries to flourish.

Senator Lynch - They have been paying 15 per cent. and adding to their reserves.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - BROCKMAN.Yes. I am a Protectionist, but I do not believe in prohibition. I do not think we should give more protection to industries that are already established and paying handsomely. I appeal to honorable senators not to take any notice of the absurd arguments submitted from time to time, because in this and other instances there is no justification for increasing, the duty on commodities produced by local industries already firmly established.

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