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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - When I voted in favour of allowing the farming community in the hot districts of Australia to get tanks in free of duty, I was held up to ridicule by Senator Ready. I want him to show his loyalty to Protection, and his disloyalty to the State he represents, and, by getting up and talking Protection as he has done for the last twenty-four hours-

Senator de Largie - And stand by the duty on handkerchiefs.

Senator GARDINER - I feel that the grand arguments in favour of Protection which have been of absorbing interest for the last twenty-four hours have had their effect. Senator Ready is an earnest young man, to whom I always listen attentively. He generally drives home his arguments, and if he wishes to drive home his argument on Protection, let him get up and plead for a duty on apple wrappers. As soon as it comes to the question of protecting the interests of a few people of Tasmania his grand edifice of Protection apparently crumbles to the dust. If he does not rise now to support this item I will say that his profession of Protection, like that of others, is all fudge.

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