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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) . - I hope that the Committee will have the wisdom to omit paragraph d.

Senator Playford - The honorable senator would like us to omit the whole Bill.

Senator PULSFORD - I should 'be glad if the Minister would have the wisdom to dump the whole thing into the waste-paper basket. But I have no expectation that he will be so wise in his day and generation as that. This paragraph is, I suppose, without a parallel in the legislation of the world.

Senator Trenwith - It shows how far in advance of other countries we are.

Senator PULSFORD - I think it shows how much behind other countries - even countries like Russia and China - we are.

Does the honorable senator think that Russia or China would enact such legislation? Does he think that the Czar of Russia would cut off the head of any person who in Australia bought cheap wool and took it to Russia, or that the Mikado of Japan would deal in that way with, a man who bought cheap grain in Australia and took it to Japan?

Senator Trenwith - But we are not proposing to cut off the head of any one.

Senator PULSFORD - That is only my figurative way of putting the position. If any one happened to get goods at a cheap price abroad, and sell them at a corresponding price in Australia, that would be a crime. If the measure is passed, I shall take advantage of every opportunity I can to let that fact be known. I consider that the backbone is going out of the community. We are getting to be a race of cowards, and to be afraid of our own shadows. I hope that the Committee will have the wisdom and common-sense to throw out theprovision.

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