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Friday, 14 November 1930

Senator HOARE (South Australia) . - I ask the mover of the resolution to be as explicit as possible. Upon his explanation depends the manner in which I shall record my vote. I do not wish to he misled. I desire to know where this resolution will lead, me as a protectionist. Will it break down any barriers of protection, to which we in Australia are to some extent pledged? Unlike Senator Pearce, I do 'not agree that we should import bananas from Fiji, and destroy that industry in north Queensland. Again, Australia has built up a splendid farm machinery industry, which provides a good deal of employment. Will that be affected if this resolution is carried? Will it mean giving Canada some special preference, and so undermining the industry in Australia? If so, I cannot support the motion. Yesterday I had made up my mind to support it. but to-day I foresee grave danger from its acceptance. Seemingly, very few honorable senators know where the motion will lead us. I ask the honorable senator to be precise in his reply, and to explain what is intended if the motion is carried.

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