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Friday, 31 August 1906

Senator STYLES (Victoria) . - I desire to thank Senator Walker for having given me a good advertisement. I should not have heard anything of this matter but for the development which, took place last night in connexion with preferential trade. I am now going to claim my honorable friend, and some others, as preferential traders. For the last three or four days they havebeen talking about giving to the grand old mother country a preference. They will now have plenty of opportunity to do that.

Senator de Largie - The honorable senator is not loyal.

Senator STYLES - I am not lip loyal, I admit, but I am prepared to go quite as far as some honorable senators on the opposite side. When it comes to the point it will be found that they will hide behind their free-trade principles, and make no distinction between one country and another. If any preference is to be given at all, they will be delighted to give it to the foreigner, and not to the country from which we have all sprung. I thank my honorable friend for having given me a splendid advertisement on the eve of an election.

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