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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Mr POYNTON (Grey) - I wish to take a vote on this clause, to test the point whether the Committee is in favour of granting any protection to sugar produced by black labour. The only way in which I can do thai is., I think, to move that the word "six" be left out.

Mr Ewing - No sugar is absolutely produced by black labour in Australia. The cane may be grown by black labour; but probably the mill-hands, artisans, &c., who are concerned in its production are white men.

Mr POYNTON - In some districts two-thirds of the sugar grown is produced by black labour. I do not desire to make any difference in the proportion between the Excise and the protection, but, at the same time. I do not desire that growers who use black labour shall have any protection whatever. If we struck out the word " six, " and substituted " ten," it would indicate the opinion of the Committee that all white-grown sugar should get the same protection as it now receives, whilst black-grown sugar should receive no advantage. I move -

That the word " six," line 3, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " ten."

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