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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr HUTCHISON (Hindmarsh) . - I was very glad to hear the speech of the leader of the Opposition/ because it has enabled us to know exactly how he stands ; for the moment, at any rate. The only difference between his Socialism and that of the Labour Party is that he believes in Socialism which will give something to private enterprise, but does not believe in Socialism which will give something to the whole people. It is a 'good thing that he does not oppose this item. It shows that he is advancing in the right direction.

Mr Reid - I was the first to make an experiment of this kind.

Mr HUTCHISON - Yes, but, although that experiment has been claimed to have been successful, private enterprise has not followed the matter up. That fact shows that it may be necessary for the Commonwealth to provide quite a number of trawlers. I have seen a good deal of trawling in the old country, where fish is sent from the north of Scotland to the English markets, not by the ton, but by scores of tons. The trawling industry there is very successful. We know that our waters are supplied, not with one or two kinds of fish only, but with an enormous variety, and it will ' Le a good thing to use a trawler in the attempt to prove that there is a splendid supply that can be obtained at a comparatively small expense, and that enormous fortunes may be made by private enterprise if it goes into the industry.

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