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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) -451- - Senator de Largie, in his remarks, deliberately - and I say this without hesitation - hid, to a considerable extent, the findings of the Navigation Commission. The honorable senator knows perfectly well that I signed that report only on the condition that rebates should be abolished if the coastal shipping companies of Australia got control of the trade. I ask the honorable senator whether that is not a fact. The. honorable senator is silent, and silence gives consent ; and yet the honorable senator has misrepresented me in this- connexion. I signed that report, as the minutes will show, on the condition that only those shipping companies which complied with Australian labour conditions should the right to trade on the coast.

Senator de Largie - What has all this to do with the rebate question ?

Senator GUTHRIE - It has everything to do with the rebate question.

Senator de Largie - Nonsense ! The honorable senator does not know what he is talking about when he talks such trash !

Senator GUTHRIE - The honorable senator talks nothing but trash.

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