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Wednesday, 29 August 1906

Mr WILSON (Corangamite) .- I sympathize with the remark made by the honorable member for Wide Bay that in dealing with this item honorable members should not be influenced by any consideration as to whether Queensland or any other State will be specially benefited by it. If any part of Australia can be materially benefited by means of this bounty we should do well to agree to its payment. I take exception, however, to the item solely on the ground that it relates to an industry that is already a success m Australia. The cocoa industry is not established, but it may become a success in this country. We have already a duty of 60 per cent, on coffee, and that impost has enabled the industry to be successfully established here. We are the guardians of the public purse-

Mr Lonsdale - We should not agree to this expenditure if we were dealing with our own money.

Mr WILSON - I do not sympathize with some of the remarks made by the honorable member for New England. I point out, however, that we are the guardians of the public purse, and that we are asked to pay away the money of the people to assist an industry which is already adequately protected and well established. I therefore purpose to vote against this item. Every line in this schedule should be carefully considered. We cannot vote for bounties for industries that are already established unless we are prepared to do an injustice to the people of Australia.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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