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Thursday, 25 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I am very much obliged to Senator Pearce for pointing out this "slip' ( of Senator Payne. I value the fact j that Senator Payne, as a Protectionist, is trying to make rabbit traps cheaper by removing the duties; indeed, I think it is quite unnecessary for me to say anything further in the same direction .i So impressed is Senator Payne with the dangers of the rabbit pest that, for the moment, he has1 forgotten the false* reasoning of Protection, and urges that I traps should be made free in order that | they may be cheaper to those who use them. That is the sort of reasoning I have applied to every item in the Tariff, and I am glad Senator Payne joins me on the item of rabbit traps. It is very i strange; that dog traps should be free,l while rabbit traps1 bear a heavy duty. Since that duty was imposed, the price of rabbit traps has increased by about 400 per cent.

Senator Senior - Are there no other factors besides the duty ?

Senator GARDINER - 1 dare say there are any number of other factors. I do not think it could be said that a 30 per cent, duty would cause a 400 per cent, increase in price. Senator Pearce has told ,us that there has been a great falling off ih. the number of rabbit traps turned out, and I am. not surprised to hear that. School boys who have been accustomed to pay i6d. for trap3 refuse to pay 2s. 6d.. and 'the trapper who previously would not trouble to hunt for a lost trap will now 'scour the bush for one. These traps are the peculiar tool of the trapper, and I cannot see why there should be an exorbitant duty imposed. With all the factories at work, and with the high duties, the fact remains that these traps are four tunes the price they were before duties were imposed. These trappers are continually losing their traps from one cause or another, and are now faced with an outlay they cannot well afford. Despite the fact that the. rabbits are now regarded as a pest, I am inclined to think that their intelligent cultivation will yet be taken up by the Australian community.

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