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Tuesday, 12 December 1905

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) - I think that for the last fortnight the procedure in connexion with our measures has been very extraordinary. We are pretending to pass laws, but we are passing them with a provision which will prevent them from coming into operation. In my opinion, a capitalist who would be foolish enough to put money into an industry under this clause ought to be in Kew Asylum.

Sir William Lyne - Whv did not the honorable member support the measure to grant a bonus ?

Mr McWILLIAMS -I do not believe in bolstering up one industry at the expense of others, more particularly when we are asked to vote money for the benefit of men who are promoting a company with a capital of£1, 100,000, out of which they are to receive . £500,000.

Sir William Lyne - The honorable member is trying tosneak out of his responsibility.

Mr McWILLIAMS - The Government are trying to sneak out of giving effect to their policy. To pretend by means of the Bill to encourage capitalists to enter into the iron industry is merely to play with legislation. If there was nothing objectionable in the Bill when it was introduced Ministers should have stood by it, and not have made its effectiveness depend upon the passing, of a resolution by Parliament at a subsequent date.

Sir William Lyne - The honorable member would have been one of the first to protest if I had adopted the course he suggests.

Mr McWILLIAMS - We have been merely playing at legislation for the past fortnight.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta).The Minister has made some extraordinary statements concerning this measure. He really must have been affected bv the article which appears in the Age this morning, because language similar to that employed by the writer of the article has tripped lightly from his tongue. He says this is not a protective measure - it is merely a "make-believe."

Sir William Lyne - I did not say anything of the kind.

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