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Wednesday, 29 August 1906

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I desire to point out that this is no longer a question of fiscal principle. In this milk industry, a great factor is sugar, which is already heavily taxed, and therefore the industry is labouring under a very great hardship. The question thus becomes one of justice and equity, rather than of fiscal principle. If we tax the' raw material, we must have a countervailing duty to be just, and for that reason alone I feel disposed to vote for this item. I know that already some of these factories are in existence, but I believe most of them are struggling to obtain a footing in the face of the great handicap caused by the imposition on sugar.

Mr Bamford - And there is a combine.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The best way to meet the combine, so far as I know, is to provide the raw material at as cheap a rate as possible. Ip,,+ since the raw material of sugar is taxed so very heavily under the Tariff, it is a question whether there should not be some countervailing conditions. Under the circumstances, I feel disposed to vote for the item, if it be taken to a division.

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