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Monday, 18 December 1905

Senator STEWART (Queensland) - I must take exception to Senator Pulsford's statement. He says that, in agreeing to the compromise, we are practically making a present of £5,000,000 to the people of Queensland. That is a deliberate misrepresentation. The honorable senator does not propose to abolish the duty. If he did, there would be some reason in his statement. What he ought to have said was that this proposal will be the means of diverting about £500,000 to ' Queensland and New South' Wales. That is a fact. The remaining portion will go to the Treasurers of the various States.

Senator GIVENS(Queensland).- What does the Minister propose to do in regard to the Excise during the two years when the sliding-scale will be in operation? The Excise and the bounty must be considered together. This is a very important point.

Senator Playford - There is no necessity to consider the Excise until this measure 'is dealt with.

Senator GIVENS - We ought to recognise what the effect on the Excise will be. If we reduce it proportionately during the two years when the sliding scale is in operation, we shall increase the protection to the employer of black labour, whilst reducing it to the employer of white labour.

Senator Playford - We certainly do not propose to play into the hands of those who employ black labour.

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