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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator McDOUGALL (New South Wales) . - I intend to support this proposal. . I have seen these cabinets made in Sydney, out of Queensland timber, and really they are works of art. They are made without the aid of a duty, but it does not pay the manufacturer to make them, because, instead of the cabinets being made in England, as previously, they are obtained from Japan. If we impose duties of 10 and 5 per cent., it will give just sufficient protection to make the industry pay.

Senator Vardon - Why not put a duty on the cabinet ?

Senator McDOUGALL - I have no objection to that. I admit that the Government may be proceeding in the wrong way. The cabinets I saw in Sydney were first class work, and we should encourage our own workmen. The manufacturer whom I saw was one of those who replied to the departmental circular, and he told me that with this assistance the industry would pay him.

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