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Thursday, 13 May 1920


Mr LAVELLE (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Seeing that the New South Wales Government have increased the guarantee to the wheat-growers of the State to 7s. 6d. per bushel for next season's wheat, will the Commonwealth Government increase the Federal guarantee to that amount, so that growers in other States may be placed on the same level?


Mr HUGHES - That is the same question the honorable member asked me yesterday, and the answer I give him now is the answer I gave then, and it is quite a proper one. A different answerevery day would never do. I said yesterday that the policy of the Government had been already announced, and I desire to say, in addition, and without prejudice, that the New South Wales Government no doubt - since the honorable member says so - have given this guarantee. The honorable member, however, does not say where the money is to come from; and I have no doubt that, ultimately, we shall find somebody coming along and asking us for money - that is what they all do. Whatever my honorable friend the Acting Treasurer (Sir Joseph Cook) may be, he. is not a bottomless pit; and the long and short of it is that we must cut our clothes according to our cloth. We have no money; but I give the honorable member free permission to try his powers of persuasion, in any way he likes, on the Acting Treasurer. The honorable member is a powerful man, and if he can get the Treasurer to agree, there will be no opposition from me.

ADJOURNMENT (Formal).







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