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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I have it onthe best authority that one can go to Mark Foy's shop in Sydney and find that Japanese pianos are sold there at from £21 to £25 each. Honorable senators may ask me how I know that these are Japanese pianos. They are lacquered, and there is no European or Australian manufacturer who can lacquer. That is a secret which is confined to Japan. There are also cabinet organs of the same description on sale there. This is a new invasion of Australia by Japan, where the wages are low, and the people are really experts. I can remember the time when a great howl was raised in the Senate because there was some printing paper brought in from Japan. Any one can guess who raised the howl.

Senator Vardon - I am not ashamed of having done it.

Senator McGREGOR - We imposed a duty of 25 per cent. on the printing matter, and yet the honorable senator was not satisfied. It ought to be our duty to provide as many opportunities as possible for our best class of workmen to get the best class of employment in the world, and that is the manufacture of musical instruments.

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