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Friday, 15 December 1905

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) - This Bill is short, but I cannot say that it is also sweet. It opens up the flood-gates of debate if honorable senators chose to take advantage of it. I am amazed at the audacit or shall I say the foolishness, of the Minister in submitting such a Bill at a time when the life of the session is beginning to be counted by hours. It might lead to prolonged debate, and might even encourage one like myself to deal with the subject for a few hours. If I were not strongminded I should be drawn into the vortex; but I propose to avoid it, and I hope other senators will do the same. I do not propose to discuss the matter from Dan to Beersheba. I shall not dwell, as I might do, on the iniquities brought to light in the attempts to prevent the importations of harvesters. I shall not permit: myself to be dragged into a discussion of the threats against the consumers of Australia in favour of certain manufacturers. I shall not take advantage of the opportunity to point out the efforts made to increase the burden of taxation without benefit to the Treasury.

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