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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator GARDINER - But the sugar duties got through, and Hopkins, then a well-known caricaturist of the Sydney Bulletin, thereafter pictured the late Sir George Reid with a little dry dog following him about New South Wales. Now the industry dealt with in sub-item b is one of the little puppies that can never grow up, and yet the people of Australia are to be called upon to pay, by way of Customs duty, for its protection. I should like Senator Payne to alter his request to make the British product free, and impose½d. per lb. in the intermediate

Tariff, and1d. in the general Tariff. There ought not to be a heavy impost on what Senator Pratten has shown to be an article of everyday use in Australian households. If necessary, the Government could encourage the industry by means of a bounty.

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