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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) (2:33 AM) . - We have been taunted from the other side with doing things prejudicial to Australian art. If the present Government wants to support art in Australia, let them propose to grant £50,000, or even £100,000, for scholarships - then we shall see who is in favour of encouraging art in this country. But we cannot do any good by the method now proposed by a 25 per cent. duty ; we shall merely make ourselves more or less ridiculous. If the Government have any sincerity, let them take up the suggestion which I have made. Let them endow chairs of music, and travelling art scholarships. But let them cease to prate about their love of art, and their desire to encourage it in this absurd way. There is no substance in the proposal.

Senator Rae - No substance in 25 per cent. ?

Senator ST LEDGER - No, it will not help art in the smallest degree. I object to this useless and hypocritical pretence.

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