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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator PEARCE - I can only speak for Western Australia ; and I do not think that its licensing laws allow that class of grog shop to exist. Of course, the honorable senator can speak for his own State.

Senator de Largie - Does the honorable senator say that in Western Australia sly grog shops do not exist?

Senator PEARCE - I do not think that the licensing laws of Western Australia allow the existence of what can be called low grog shops.

Senator de Largie - They are to be found in every State.

Senator PEARCE - I do not know of any in Western Australia.

Senator de Largie - Then the honorable senator does not know much about the goldfields.

Senator PEARCE - I have a fair knowledge of the gold-fields, and I do not think it can be said that any sly grog shops exist there. At any rate, there are no barracks on the gold-fields. I intend, whenever the opportunity arises, to vote to lessen the opportunities for indulging in the use of strong drink. I regret that we have not the power to deal with the whole drink question. We can only deal with the subject in a limited manner. I hesitated in making up my mind, because I believe in the principle of local option being, applied to the drink question rather than prohibition, but I could not see how it could be applied in this case, because, in order to be effective, it must be applied to districts, and not to one drinking place. For these reasons, I intend to support the Bill.

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