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Monday, 18 December 1911

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) . - I had the opportunity of visitingbanana plantations in Queensland, and of replying to deputations from men engaged in the cultivation of bananas. I believe that there is an unlimited field for the growth of bananas in the districts we visited. It is quite clear to me that, in Queensland and in the northern portions of Australia generally, we can produce ali the bananas we require for the whole of the people of the Commonwealth. For that reason, I support this proposal. I believe that there is not a citizen of Victoria who has enjoyed the benefits of Protection who will object, during the transition stage, while the cultivation of the bananas is passing from the Chinese to white people, to pay from id. to i£d. per dozen for bananas, when he knows that by so doing, he will be assisting the establishment of an industry for which certain districts of Queensland are peculiarly suitable. I hope that the proposed increased duty will be carried for the benefit of the people of the north, who have supported many duties for the benefit of the people in the south.

Item agreed to.

Items 88 (Condition Foods, &c), 97 (Seed), 100 (Soap Substitutes), and 101 (Curry Paste, &c), agreed to.

Item 106 -

By omitting the whole of sub-item (a), and inserting in its stead the following sub-item : - " (a) N.E.I., for the human body, partly or wholly made up, including materials cut into shape therefor ; also Looping for Boots and Labels and Hangers for Coats and other textile goods, plain, printed, or having woven lettering or ornamental designs, whether in the piece or otherwise, ad valorem (General Tariff), 40 per cent.; (United Kingdom), 35 per cent."

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