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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (1:25 AM) . - I think that Senator Vardon must have overlooked the fact that these Scripture texts are very widely circulated in Australia. Sydney is very seldom represented as the Holy City, that is a distinction which is reserved for Adelaide, but I can assure the honorable senator that Sunday schools scholars, in Sydney, and its suburbs, are given some of these Scriptural texts on every Sunday afternoon, and printed in small letters upon them will be found the words " Printed in Germany." I read these texts with a great deal of pleasure, and I think that the text " Seek and ye shall find," should be hung up in the Senate. Protectionist members of the Senate take advantage of every opportunity to ridicule New South Wales probably because her richness excites their envy. She pays half the Customs duties, and more than half the land tax. I hope that the Protectionist press will seek to see if they can find some good reason for refusing to impose a duty on these Scriptural texts which could be printed in Australia, and the printing of which would find work for Australian workers.

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