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Wednesday, 16 November 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) . - I have no desire to unduly prolong the discussion upon this item, which was very well debated when last it was under consideration by this Committee. Most of the arguments then used are still fresh in our memories, but I want to put this point. The Leader of the Senate (Senator E. D. Millen) has suggested that we should try and meet the other Chamber. I am with him to a certain extent. I agree that there should be compromise, but the compromise should be on both sides. When we requested a reduction of the duty to 4«. 2d. per cental, it was, I think ' a very generous compromise on our part. Now that it has been returned to this Committee without any concession from another place, it is time we reconsidered our position. If the opinion of honorable1 senators without any sense of compromise had found expression on the last occasion, the item would have been returned to the House of Representatives with a request to make the duty ls. 6d., as it was before. The banana industry has grown up and flourished under a protection of ls. 6d. per cental, and, to use Senator Gardiner's expression, those engaged in the industry have now the audacity to ask for a duty of 8s. 4d. per cental on bananas, and another place has had the audacity to ask the Senate to agree to that .duty.

Senator Wilson - No doubt the Senate agreed to a duty of 4s. 2d. per cental in a spirit of compromise.

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