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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator BLAKEY (Victoria) .- As one who accompanied Senator McDougall on the tour in Queensland, during which he spoke in such extravagant terms of the coloured population we saw, I should like to say in connexion with this matter that some of us had the privilege of visiting parts of the State within 50 or 60 miles north of Brisbane, and found that bananas were grown there by white men which were as good as any to be seen on the barrows in Melbourne. The men engaged in growing these bananas strongly urged upon us - and Senator E. J. Russell can bear me out in the statement - the need for the imposition of a higher duty, if it was intended that the growth of bananas should be made a white man's industry in Queensland. In? the circumstances, I hope that the higher duty will be agreed to.

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