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Thursday, 17 November 1921


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - One would have thought that the increased price of rabbit traps would give sufficient protection. Before the war the article could be purchased for 10d., but it now costs 3s. At one time boys in country schools used rabbit traps extensively, but the high price of them has resulted in a falling off in this practice. The municipal authorities in Sydney have considered it wise to place traps for the catching of rats in the hands of the people free of charge, and, when the whole of Australia is threatened by the rabbit pest, we should not make rabbit traps dearer than necessary. A high Tariff always, means high prices. I would like all the traps to be free. The high price of them has put them beyond the reach of a great number of people.


Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) -Especially school children.


Senator GARDINER - Yes, and it is surprising how large a number of rabbits have been destroyed by children. It would pay the Government to distribute rabbit traps if people would undertake to destroy a certain number of the animals.







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