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Thursday, 18 February 1932

Mr RIORDAN (Kennedy) .- I desire to learn from the Government what is its policy in regard to bonuses and bounties. The sugar crop in Queensland is ready for harvesting, and the growers are anxious to know where they stand, and what will be the attitude of the Government failing a voluntary agreement being reached between the Government and the growers. In the interests of the mining industry I should also like to learn from the Government what is its attitude in regard to the gold bounty. The Government has said that it desires to create confidence, so that private enterprise will be encouraged to provide extra employment.. The present uncertainty regarding the Government's policy is certainly not tending to create that confidence. Many Australian industries are partly dependent on bounties. There are, for instance, the cotton industry, the peanut industry, the wine industry, and the gold-mining industry. One speaker representing a Western Australian constituency declared to-night that he favoured the abolition of bounties. Well, the Government he supports has a majority, and if he has any influence with his leader, he can bring about the abolition of bounties, and let the people who are producing gold, sugar and other assisted commodities know where they stand. Those honorable members representingsugargrowing districts have received many telegrams regarding the industry. No sugar is grown in my electorate, but gold is produced there.

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