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Friday, 19 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - One is not justified in discussing other items, but as Senator Earle has quoted certain New Zealand prices, I think I am in order in making use of his figures to show how Protection does not work out in the way that Protectionist pamphlets say it does. The following are the prices of reapers and binders in New Zealand, taken from the list issued by Massey Harris, in 1920, before this Tariff came into operation in Australia : -


The Australian prices for reapers and binders last year, according to a list supplied to me by Senator Wilson, were: -


The best test of prices is to buy, but these figures convince me that a huge increase in the price of these implements followed the introduction of this Tariff. I ask honorable senators to request the House of Representatives to impose no duty whatever on sprays and other implements used by fruit-growers and farmers.

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