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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

The CHAIRMAN - Is not the honorable senator quoting from Hansard?

Senator RAE - I believe I am. There is, however, nothing to prevent me from stating that Sir William] Lyne has defended the reduction of this duty in order to help a struggling industry.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator must not even allude to debates in the other House during the current session.

Senator RAE - Then I shall content myself by saying that, outside Parliament, Sir William Lyne has expressed the same opinion. He is known to be one of the strongest advocates of the Protectionist cause, and yet he has defended a reduction of this duty. I might mention other members of Parliament, like Mr. Mathews and' Mr. Anstey, who have advocated the same view. It is desired to give a struggling industry a chance of getting on its feet, and not to allow one or two firms who have a monopoly to crush out others who are endeavouring to strengthen a useful industry.

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