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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - I quite agree with what has been said by Senator Givens. The position is this : The Government are giving protection to the ear, while they deny it in fact. They told us that they intended to rectify anomalies. A Bill was brought down toremedy certain defects in the Tariff, discovered by officers of the Department of Trade and Customs. The Bill did not profess to deal in any way with the general principles underlying Protection and its incidence. The Government profess to haveonly one end in view. They told us that the Bill did not alter the incidence of taxation. But in that respect the Government are not treating us fairly. Later on, .thereare certain other points to which I shall direct attention, where they are not rectifying anomalies, but creating them. I think that the Minister ought to tell us plainly whether the Government intend to carry out the promise incidentally made in another place that they will rectify mistakes which have been made in proposing to alter duties.

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