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Friday, 18 November 1921


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I am surprised that Senator Earle should take it as a joke when the fact is mentioned that he, the "roaring lion of Protection" on every other industry, is not out to protest the producer of hides. As Queensland is the chief producer of hides, it is getting no sympathy. Nobody appears to have any sympathy for Queensland, whether in regard to bananas, pineapples, or hides. Honorable senators are always prepared to " put the boot " into that State. Senator Earle may say it is a joke to call attention to the fact that the "lion of Protection " is lying down with the "lamb of Free Trade," but I see no joke in it. Probably if one lived in Tasmania one would develop a sense of humour. Senator Earle's attitude on this item0 is evidence of what is naturally happening to members 'of this Senate. While this Tariff has been before the Senate every senator who set out in favour of high Protection has given a vote, some time or other, in favour of Free Trade. There is a feeling that the Protectionist cause is getting weaker, and the Free Trade cause stronger. Senator Earle realizes that the imposition of high duties is not the way to prosperity, and he has made a start along the road of reform by agreeing to the abolition of the proposed duty on green hides. If the duty on hides is abolished, then why not also on leather; and if on leather, why not on boots ?

Motion agreed to.

Item 324-

Leather, viz.: - (a) Chamois leather, free. And on and after 1st January, 1922, ad val., British, 10 per cent.; intermediate, 15 per cent.: general, 20 per cent.

Senate's Request.- British, 20 per .cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 30 per cent. And leave out the words " And on and after 1st January, 1922, ad val., British, 10 per cent.; intermediate, 15 per cent.; general, 20 per cent."

House of Representative!? Message.- Made with the following modification: - "Duties made - on and after 1st January, 1922, ad val., British, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 30 per cent."







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