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Wednesday, 10 August 1921


Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I want to know why the Government have not stood to their guns in this matter. Why do they permit tea in bulk to be imported free? What has become of the argument so studiously exploited in the past that we should impose duties upon articles which come into competition with articles produced in the Commonwealth? What about the coffee plantation in Queensland, of 70 acres? Does not tea imported in bulk come into competition with the product of that plantation? In the interests of the owner of the large-sized stock-yard in Queensland which has been converted into a coffee plantation, I suggest to the Government the wisdom of imposing a duty upon an article which comes into competition with a primary product of Queensland. I sub- mit no definite motion. ' Like Senator Pratten, I first take soundings, and see how the cat jumps, and in the mean. time I suggest to the Government the wisdom of imposing a duty on tea in bulk, which comes into competition with the products of a 70-acre plantation in Queensland. In the interests of this single coffeegrower in Queensland I raise my voice in protest against the free admission of tea in bulk.







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