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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) (3:10 AM) . - Like Senator McDougall, I wish to do something to encourage the shipbuilding industry. But at the beginning we must act very cautiously, because if we load any industry with protection at the outset of its career, for a long time an additional charge is bound to be levied upon the consumer for its product. But I believe that we can profitably commence the ship-building industry, both in the interests of the people and of the shipping companies. To show the willingness of the Government to assist Senator McDougall, we are quite prepared to make the sub-item apply to vessels not exceeding 500 tons gross register.

Senator McDougall - I am prepared to accept that offer, and I ask leave to amend my proposal accordingly".

Request amended accordingly, and agreed to.

Bill reported with requests; report adopted.

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