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Wednesday, 17 July 1946

Mr RUSSELL - Who is taking the risk, the Government or the Australian Country party?

Mr BOWDEN - I advise the honorable member todeal with Oliver Badman. He will give the honorable member enough to chew on for the rest of his life. I rose to support the amendment and to mention the facts that contributed to the perilous position of primary production. Without the huge war expenditure, which demanded no balance-sheets, and which enabled the Government fortunate enough to be on the treasury-bench to throw money around in such a manner that some of it had to stick to the primary producers, the Labour party would not have even professed concern for them. If I went back in history I could contradict a good deal of what the Government claims it has done for the primary producers. Its concern for them is of recent origin. It showed no concern till it discovered that, without bread, it could not hope to govern the country. I support every paragraph of the amendment. There is nothing in it that the Government could not accept.

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