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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . -I hope honorable senators will consider what they are doing when they vote on this question. The object of every good Australian should be to produce within our own territory as many of the necessaries of life as we possibly can. We know perfectly well that cocoa can be grown in the northern parts of Queensland, and in the north-western parts of Western Australia.

Senator de Largie - What proof is there of that?

Senator STEWART - We know that cocoa can be there grown, though it has not been produced in very great quantity. I think that this bounty" would just give the industry that assistance which is necessary to send it along successfully. We ought to set out with the idea that everything we require, which can be produced in Australia, ought to be produced here. New countries have not been able to build up industries except in some such way as that now proposed. If I cared to go into the question of the creation of industries in Australia, I think I could prove that even those industries which glory in the name of " primary," as, for instance, the squatting, mining, and agricultural industries, have all had to be built up with the assistance of the community as a whole.

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