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Tuesday, 10 July 1906

Mr ISAACS (Indi) (Attorney-General) . - With many of the sentiments expressed by my honorable friend the member for North Sydney, I most cordially agree; and I am proud to say that my colleagues do also. With the principle of preferential trade, we are in thorough accord ; and we shall give honorable members opposite, I hope before very long, an opportunity to put into practice the sentiments that they now encourage. We fully appreciate the examples that have been set by Canada, "South Africa, and New Zealand.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Without any preference from Great Britain.

Mr ISAACS - Without any preference, I regret to say-, by way of reciprocal treatment, from the mother country.

Mr Cameron - No necessity for it.

Mr ISAACS - My honorable friends are getting excited. I am going to put a little puzzle to them presently, and perhaps they will try to answer it. I 'say that we hope, before very long, to put before them proposals that will test their "loyalty to the principle of preferential trade. But our policy will not be a so-called preference, to Great Britain that puts her on the same footing as other countries ; because we recognise no preference given to us bv the mother country, which simply puts us in the same position as every foreign country that gives her no preference. My honor able friends argue that the mother country generously says to Australia, " We will give you exactly the same treatment as we give to Germany and China and J apan" ; and therefore they turn to us and urge that we should exclude Great Britain from the operation of this Bill.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As Canada and New Zealand have done.

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