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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator FRASER (Victoria) .- I have listened to the speeches of mv Honorable friends, especially that of Senator Vardon. I have received letters from some large manufacturers regarding the duty on strawboards. I confess that I am not conversant with the business at all. But I think that the writers of these letters have made out a very good case. I would urge the Government not to adhere to a course which will be hurtful to these manufacturers who look upon the Tariff us a legitimate aid in the prosecution of their enterprise and the making of a living. I am more than ever convinced that the Parliament ought not to deal with Tariff details, because it is not composed of experts. It would be far better to allow all these questions to be threshed out by a Board, such as the late Government proposed to create. That is, I think, the only satisfactory way to deal with Tariff minutiae. It is a great pity that the present Government did not submit a proposal of that kind before they introduced this measure. I hope that when the duty on strawboard is reached the Government will see their way to do justice to persons who use that article in a large 'way. I trust that our appeal will not be made in vain.

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