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Friday, 21 October 1904

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member will recognise that I cannot allow a discussion on the relative merits of protection and free-trade during the debate on this Bill. The Bill provides, not for a duty but for a bonus. The honorable member has been permitted to refer incidentally to the possibility of protection through the Customs being required later on to assist the industry : but that incidental reference is all that I can permit. A general discussion on the question of whether freetirade or protection is the better policy for Australia, is certainly outside the scope of this debate.

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