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Thursday, 19 August 1920


The CHAIRMAN - Order !


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - "And shall grant to the producer-


The CHAIRMAN - Is the honorable member not inclined to obey the Chair? I have called the honorable member to order, but he insists on reading matter which is not admissible. He must confine himself to the amendment.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As I understand the amendment, it is proposed to give representation to the consumer.


The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member is going into a different matter altogether!


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is in the interest of the consumer to show that the Minister's statement in regard to our policy as it affects the consumer is not a fair one.


The CHAIRMAN - The Minister has made no such statement in Committee.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Even so, we are dealing with themattter from the point of view of the consumer, and I wish to show where this party stands in the consumer's interest.


The CHAIRMAN - I again ask the honorable member to confine himself to the amendment.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Do you rule that I am not in order in discussing the consumer's point of view?


The CHAIRMAN - I make no such ruling.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then I presume that I shall be allowed to say what I believe in regard to the consumer's point of view, and what I do believe is contained in our manifesto, which says-


The CHAIRMAN - Order! I have twice asked the honorable member not to pursue that course. The manifesto is outside the amendment before the Chair.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then I am not allowed to speak about the consumer's point of view?


The CHAIRMAN - Whatever the policy of a party may be outside the House has nothing to do with the amendment.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to express my view, which is precisely the view expressed in the party's platform. Am I allowed to say, without quoting the words of the platform, that as' a party, we propose to guarantee to the producer, in regard to the sale of his produce both overseas and here, a reasonable return based upon the cost of production ?


The CHAIRMAN - I again ask the honorable member to confine himself to the amendment, and the question whether the consumer is to have representation.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am speaking from the consumer's point of view. The Treasurer and the Minister are grossly misrepresenting what we stand for as a party when they say that we are in favour of a high price overseas and a low one here.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The honorable member for South Sydney (Mr. Riley) says so, anyhow.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not care if a thousand Rileys say so; it does not affect our platform,but only shows that those who say it do not understand that platform'. The policy of the party represents a natural alliance between the producer and the consumer. We have always stood for the principle of bringing the producer and the consumer together, and entirely cutting out the enemy of both, the middleman. There has been a vote registered to-night, and as a result it will go forth to the people that the particular party that came to this House-


The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member is not in order in reflecting on a vote given in the House or in Committee.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - All right. Something has happened in the House, and, as a result, it will be known to the people and the country in the future that a particular party - the socalled Country party - that came into the. House pledged to wipe out the middleman, has voted to retain him.


The CHAIRMAN - If the honorable member does not obey the Chair, I shall order him to discontinue his speech.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is hard to obey the Chair with the shackles you are putting on me.


The CHAIRMAN - Will the honorable member confine himself to the amendment ?


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - When the amendment of the honorable member for Hunter has been carried, I shall propose an amendment to eliminate the middlemen.







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