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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator STEWART (Queensland) - I wish to know whether I shall be in order in moving an amendment in respect of bananas, which are not included in this Bill?

Senator Millen - By way of request? Senator STEWART.- Yes. I move-

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend item 59 of schedule A to the Customs Tariff 1908, " Bananas," by increasing the duty in the General Tariff from is. to 2s. per cental.

Senator McGregor - Even if that proposal be submitted by way of request, it relates to an increased charge or burden on the people.

Senator Findley - If an honorable senator is at liberty to move a request in regard to one item, he can continue to submit requests till the crack of doom.

Senator STEWART - I wish to point out that a very much larger measure of protection is accorded to other fruits than k accorded to bananas. For instance, the duty upon citrous fruits is Jd. per lb., and upon fruits n.e.i., 2s. per cental. I do not know why bananas should be placed at a disadvantage as compared with other fruits. The persons who are engaged in this industry have to compete with the black labour of Fiji, and other places.

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