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Thursday, 3 June 1926

Senator KINGSMILL (Western Australia) . -Before I record a vote on this item I should like to know if Senator Findley can give the committee any idea of how much the cap making operatives are likely to wrest from their employees under this proposal. I wish to know how this is to be distributed, and if there will be an immediate demand for increased wages in the industry.

Senator Barnes - Supposing there is.

Senator KINGSMILL - I only want to know.

Senator Barnes - Is the honorable senator opposed to increased wages?

Senator KINGSMILL - Not at all, if the cause is natural and justified, but there appears to be a tacit understanding that a high tariff automatically means higher prices all round. It is not a fair thing. It appears to to be hopeless to oppose these duties. At all events, while we are- bound to accept the verdict of the majority, and apparently have no hope of shifting that majority, we still have, thank God, the liberty to express our individual opinions, and also the opinions of those who sent us here. This is not a tariff,, but a tyranny, and Senator Findley's requested amendment will make it more tyrannical than ever.

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