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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I desire to call the attention of the Minister (Senator Russell) to some statements contained in a pamphlet which is headed, "Nailing a Lie"; " Startling Facts"; "Farmers' Tools of Trade." The pamphlet is issued by the Australian Industries Protection League, whose office is situated on the fifth floor, Stock Exchange Building, Melbourne. The first paragraph reads: -

Free Trade agitators have been stumping the country of late attempting to convince the Australian farmers (the Free Trader always looks upon the farmer as a fool) that Protection raises the prices of the farmers' tools of trade. The contention is malignantly false, and it flies in the face of the universal experience of mankind. The fact is that Protection, instead of raising prices, lowers them.

If the Minister is in earnest, as I believe he is, he will not seek to encourage industries by reducing the prices of their pro- ducts. In no country in the world has Protection nurtured industries to the extent of reducing the prices of their output. If the Minister desires to help the industry, and the information contained in the document is right, he can do so by following the advice I have quoted. I shall support the request submitted by Senator Lynch.

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