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Thursday, 14 May 1936


Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - Sometimes, on the vaudeville stage, we see a person representing the typical English sport, who says, " It is a fine day; let's go out and shoot something". In this chamber, too, we meet men whose anti-Australian outlook leads them to remark, " Here is a prosperous industry; let us knock it". It is wonderfully refreshing to members of the Opposition to hear that the Government, which believes in the perpetuation of the present capitalist system, is violently opposed to profits. I hope to make a search some day into shareholdings in the wonderful profit-making concerns of which we hear so much. Probably it would explain some of the speeches made in this chamber. If they are not directed to the subject of glass, then it is cement, black bolts or hooks and slashers. We, on this side, are not interested in any of these items, except from the Australian point of view.


Senator Arkins - What about sugar?


Senator COLLINGS - I shall keep that interjection in mind. The outlook of members of the Opposition never changes in regard to the tariff, and the importance of protecting local industries. From the inception of federation, it has been conceded by every political party that the federal compact was entered into for the purpose of developing this country, but Australia could not, progress as it should while there were six warring States levying tolls one against the other.


Senator Sir George Pearce - Why not make a few remarks on the item?


Senator COLLINGS - I am dealing with cut glass bottles, and it ill becomes the right honorable gentleman to suggest that I should confine myself strictly to the item under discussion. Last evening he made a clever speech on a subject that had no relation whatever to the item before the Chair, and with that speech he was able to camouflage the issue-







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