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Friday, 4 June 1926

Senator FOLL (QUEENSLAND) - Quite recently when I went into a retail establishment to purchase some socks I was not sufficiently patriotic to insist on articles of Australian manufacture. In a week I was through the English socks I had served to me. In this chamber we hear Senator Payne on every item in the schedule endeavouring to champion the cause of the importer.

Senator Payne - I am not.

Senator FOLL - It is useless to say one thing and mean another. The atti tude taken up by the honorable senator this morning has confirmed a statement I made yesterday that he is evidently quite prepared to boost imported articles to the detriment of local articles.

Senator Payne - I am doing nothing of the kind.

Senator FOLL - A few moments ago the honorable senator was discrediting the product of an Australian manufactory.

Senator Guthrie - Yes, he absolutely tried to damn it.

Senator FOLL - Senator Payne has made use of his position in this Senate to damn one article after another in favour of the imported article, yet we know that for months past he has been waiting, on the doorstep of the Minister for Trade and Customs advocating the imposition of duties on newsprint. Then, again, we had Senator Andrew commencing his remarks by urging lower duties on one particular article, and concluding his speech by kicking up a row because he could not get a higher duty on sewing machines, the manufacture of which he is anxious to see established in Victoria.

Senator Andrew - I asked for a bounty on sewing machines.

Senator FOLL - At any rate, while some honorable senators are not prepared to give proper protection to one industry, they are most ardent in their advocacy of duties on industries in which they or their States are interested. I recognize that the Government and the Parliament of Australia has been generous to the State of Queensland by imposing protective duties on some of the great primary industries of that State. I think that in these matters we should adopt a policy of give and take. As a Queenslander I feel that if the people of the other States are prepared to give Queensland industries a fair amount of protection to enable them to progress, Queenslanders should, in their turn, extend the same amount of protection to industries located in other States. I do not think that that is an illogical attitude to take up, but Senator Payne is willing to penalize other States in order to establish the newsprint industry in Tasmania. There is also no more ardent advocate of a duty on carbide than he is.

Senator Sir Victor Wilson - And on hops.

Senator Reid - And yarns.

Senator FOLL - If we keep on long enough we shall no doubt find dozens of items on which Senator Payne has been anxious to increase duties, but we must look at this tariff schedule-

Senator Thompson -Reasonably.

Senator FOLL - We have also to adopt the policy of give and take. Let me remind Senator Thompson that the people of Queensland look to the people of the other States to assist them in regard to many of their great primary industries.

Senator Thompson - There are special reasons attaching to the protection afforded to the greatest industry of Queensland.

Senator FOLL - Senator Thompson knows that we in Queensland are enjoying wonderful advantages as a result of the protective duty on sugar, that we are anxious for assistance for our cottongrowing industry, and that the protectionist policy has been of great benefit to' our banana and maize growing industries'. That being the case the honorable senator has taken up a very unfair attitude in attacking the Minister in regard to certain remarks made by him.

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