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Wednesday, 17 August 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - BROCKMAN. - Therefore, it is essential to have regard first to the interests of the primary producers, and it is extraordinary that more voices are not raised here to protest against the fostering of secondary industries at their expense. If the Senate is a reflex of the opinion of the people, as it must be presumed to be, Australia has gone protection mad, and must pay dearly for it in the future. Of course, the voting power of the Commonwealth is concentrated in the cities, whose voice is more easily heard, and more quickly influences honorable senators than the voice of the country. More notice is taken of what isprinted in the Age and the Argus than of what is to be read in the provincial press.

Senator Bolton - I do not think that you are justified in saying that.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - BROCKMAN.- A few, like Senator Bolton, Senator Lynch, and myself, may take notice of what appears in the country press; but I judge by their utterances here that the majority, in respect to this and every other item, are disciples of the Age newspaper, and will vote for high duties.

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