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Wednesday, 29 August 1906

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! I must ask the honorable member not to proceed in that strain.

Mr LONSDALE - When I am asked for an explanation, I always endeavour to make my meaning plain. Any one who realizes that a number of the articles for which bounties are offered are already being produced in the Commonwealth must look for some reason other than that put forward to account for this proposal. For example, the condensed' milk industry has been in_ existence in Victoria and New South Wales for years past, and yet it is proposed to offer a bounty for the production of condensed and powdered milk. What is the reason? The bounty cannot have the effect of bringing a new industry into existence. The olive oil industry is also in existence, and the same thing may * be said of the cotton industry- I believe also that rubber plantations are to be found in Northern Queensland. I am not sure about that; but if plantations are not already in existence, the bonus can have no good effect in the direction of establishing the lubber, industry, for the reason that the bonus period will have expired before the plantations have become productive. I do not think that rubber trees can be grown at Mount Macedon. If they could, it would be easy to understand why the bounty was being offered. We are being asked to vote money, not for the purpose of promoting the establishment of new industries, but in order to confer advantages upon those who are already carrying on various undertakings with a fair measure of success. I am opposed to the Bill, and shall vote against it. I realize that it is only an election placard, and that money is being offered by way of bounties as a bribe-

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member must withdraw that expression.

Mr LONSDALE - I shall withdraw the expression, and content myself by saying that the Bill is merely an election placard, and that it has been brought forward in order to please the electors, and bring the Government into favour with certain sections of them.

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