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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) (2:26 AM) . - I wish to say a word or two in reply. Senator Gould said that I weakened my case by using strong language, but the honorable senator used stronger language when it is remembered that I used only the language I generally use. It would seem as if there were no native art in Australia.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - I never said that.

Senator RAE - That was clearly implied in the honorable senator's statement that if we do not permit the works of the great artists of other lands to be admitted free, we shall be grovelling in the dust of a sordid materialism. Senator St. Ledger in his flamboyant manner also indulged in extra strong language on this item. If there are two ways of about equal distance of getting to a place, and there is a toll on one, most people will take the road on which there is no toll. So I claim that if we tax pictures imported by private individuals for themselves, and admit free pictures intended for public institutions, the tendency will be for those who wish to import pictures to present them to public institutions. By this means, the refining influences of art will be distributed amongst a wider circle than if these pictures are locked up in the mansions of the few. I do not see why we should encourage people who have amassed wealth by sweating the poor - because no man can become wealthy byhis own labours - to indulge their tastes by the importation of pictures free, which they may permit people to view as a charity. On the other hand, the tendency will be to make those persons who can purchase expensive pictures buy them for public galleries, instead of for their own selfish gratification.

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