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Wednesday, 9 March 1932

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - I have received the following telegram from the secretary of the Local Producers Association at Rockhampton : -

Meeting Goovigen cotton-growers view with consternation and alarm proposed alteration tariff schedule. Past two season's crop complete failure through drought. At reduced price hopeless continue. Large numbers compelled abandon farms, join unemployed. Appeal you use best endeavourshave matter reconsidered Tariff Board. Persistence proposal tariff end industry causing great loss all concerned, also swelling unemployed.

In view of the seriousness of the matter, will the Prime Minister have it reconsidered by Cabinet at an early date, and in the event of the honorable gentleman visiting Queensland to investigate the sugar industry, will he extend his travels to the cotton-fields in order to obtain firsthand information of that industry also?

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