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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - This item concerns fruit-growers to a very great extent. The article is used in the spraying of fruit trees, and, taking that view, the Committee, when the matter was previously under consideration, placed it in a subitem by itself. If it can be supplied, as Senator Reid has suggested, from Queensland, it is clear that the duty suggested by the Senate gives the industry ample protection.

Senator Reid - I do not say that the manufactured article is produced in Queensland, but the raw material for it is produced there.

Senator GARDINER - Even so pronounced a Protectionist as Senator Earle voted for lower duties on arsenate of lead, as he had a right to do, in the interests of a number of fruit-growers whom he represents, and who are certainly entitled to consideration. However, the motion submitted by the Minister will give Senator Earle an opportunity to get back to his old Protectionist position.

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