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Wednesday, 29 August 1906

Mr McWILLIAMS (Flinders) .- I understand that we are committed to an expenditure of £500,000, and that that amount is to be distributed as bonuses in relation to a certain number of articles. I understand that the amendment of the honorable member for Parramatta, without attempting to increase the vote in the total, means 'that another article is to be added to the list which shall receive its share.

Sir William Lyne - Which shall receive its share of the £9,000 now available.

Mr McWILLIAMS - If the proposal of the honorable member for Parramatta means the increase of the total expenditure by one sixpence I shall oppose it, but if it means that the fruit industry shall receive a portion of the amount we have already voted, then I certainly see no reason why that industry should not be given some encouragement, in face of the fact that we have voted bounties to the oil, coffee, and other industries already established. If we are to spend £500,000 in this way, all primary producers should be placed on the same footing; and I do not see why the producer of potatoes or fruit should not receive the same encouragement as the producer of olive oil, coffee, or cocoa.

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