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Thursday, 19 August 1920


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The amendment should commend itself to honorablemembers.


Mr Atkinson - Here is a change of front. The honorable member was jeering last night when I proposed a somewhat similar amendment.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not wish to. remind the honorablemember that what he said last evening was, in effect, thathe had not seen the agreement and was not concerned about it. In other words, he was going to vote blindly, as he always does. The amendment suggests a natural alliance between the producer and consumer. The alliance which the Government seeks to bring about by way of the agreement, and at which the so-called Country party connives, is an unnatural alliance between the producer and the middleman.


Mr Hill - The honorable member knows that that is not right.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is right. I feel inclined to ask the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Charlton) to agree to the addition of words to his amendment to provide for the elimination of the middleman. I repudiate the statement of the Minister (Mr. Greene) that the Labour party stands for high prices overseas and low prices here. The Treasurer himself has repeated that statement.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Many of your own side to-night have said so.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is not so; but, whether it be said from this or the other side, it only shows that those who say it do not understand the Labour platform. No amount of quibbling by the Treasurer or the Minister can. alter the terms of our manifesto, which I hold in my hand, and which is the final word on the matter. I am quite sure that the Treasurer and the Minister for Trade and Customs, when they are in the back country, always misrepresent what we stand for, but herewe cannot allow them to do so.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - I always quote you as saying you will allowthe producer a fair profit, and that means that you will fix the profit.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I shall read the manifesto which the Treasurer does not understand; but which he is so good at misrepresenting.







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