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Wednesday, 2 June 1926

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - I have listened with very much interest to the debate on the first item of the schedule, and from what I have heard I can come to no other conclusion than that if the increased duty on whisky is agreed to it will mean the more permanent establishment of the industry of distilling whisky in Australia. When I was speaking on the second reading of the bill I think I gave a fair indication that I favoured what I termed adequate protection for Australian industries, but I must qualify that statement. While I am quite prepared to give protection to industries the establishment of which I believe will be beneficial to Australia, at no time shall I vote for the more per- manent establishment of any industry which has for its object the manufacture of alcoholic liquor in Australia. I do not believe that such an industry will benefit Australia, and I am therefore compelled to vote against an item which if agreed to will bring about its successful establishment. I make this statement now so that when a division on this item is taken my attitude will be clearly understood.

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