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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator DOBSON (Tasmania) .- Notwithstanding the very breezy and optimistic speech of the Minister of Defence, he has not attempted to answer most of the arguments which have been urged against the measure. The Bill stands charged with almost the whole of the criticisms made upon it, to which my honorable friend seems to have listened in vain. I should have thought that after the interesting debate, in which Senator Smith and others showed a great deal of knowledge relating to the items in the schedule, the Minister would have seen his way to reduce the amount asked for. I consider that the clause under consideration ought to be postponed, and if Senator Playford will not agree to that course, I shall have to move that the amount of £500,000 be reduced by one-half. Until the schedule has been discussed I think that we ought to postpone the consideration of the clause.

Motion (by Senator Playford) agreed to-

That clauses 2 to 7 inclusive be postponed until after the consideration of the schedule.

Schedule -

Cocoa (period during which bounty may be paid), nine years; (rate of bounty)1d. per lb. on dried beans; (maximum amount which may be paid in any one year),£1,000.

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