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Friday, 29 November 1912

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I am willing to fall in with the suggestion of the Minister. I admit that arguments may be raised, however, regarding the establishment of monopoly in the Papuan trade, and I am prepared -if necessary to submit an amendment to prevent a monopoly being established.

Senator Pearce - We can regard the first amendment as a test question. Senator Guthrie will recognise that the sense of the Committee is against the inclusion of the Papuan trade if he is defeated on this amendment.

Senator GUTHRIE - No, I shall not, because I shall be prepared to insert a proviso to meet an objection which is likely to be raised by honorable senators regarding the formation of a monopoly.

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