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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - I think that the duty on bananas ought not to be increased. This proposal means an increase of 50 per cent.

Senator Blakey - It does not come to ½d.on a dozen bundles.

Senator WALKER - The local producers of bananas are protected, not merely by a duty of1s. per cental, but by the freight on bananas from Fiji to Australia. I think there is a great deal of force in what Senator Gardiner said in his previous speech. This is an article of food, and very wholesome food, too. I intend to oppose the item, and will divide the Committee if others will join me.

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