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Friday, 27 August 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) . - I do not intend to oppose the motion that we sit on Tuesdays. I have studied the business paper, not only to-day, but on previous occasions recently, and I have observed the growing number of Bills to be considered. Like the Prime Minister, I do not look forward with any pleasure to sitting on four days a week, particularly with the addition of Thursday morning sittings, which will, as in the past, practically mean a twelve-hours day. I do not think that anybody in the building can stand such protracted sittings, and in the past we have seen breakdowns, just as we are likely to see them in the future if we conduct business at this strenuous rate. However, the work has to be done, and we must go through with it. As to the Tariff, there arc business people, as the honorable member for Flinders (Mr. Bruce) will agree, who think that certain duties are sure to be altered, and are, therefore, piling up goods in bond.

Mr Hughes - Nobody knows where they stand in regard to the Tariff.

Mr TUDOR - That is so, and there is a great desire to have matters settled. There is no doubt that these business people are quite entitled to do what they are doing; and they have at least "cut their eye teeth." They say quite frankly that they do not caro what is done in regard to the duties so long as they are placed in a definite position.

Mr Bruce - I think they are full of hope.

Mr TUDOR - I suppose they hope that certain duties will be reduced; but if it is decided for the first time to place a duty of 40 per cent on a certain line, they say they will merely pass it on to the purchasers.

Mr Prowse - That is not true of the primary producers.

Mr TUDOR - If the coal miners were demanding London or export parity price to-day, Australia would be paying £25,000,000 a year more for its coal.

Mr Hill - They get the export price.

Mr TUDOR -' The They are not getting anything like it.

Mr Hill - They are getting the same export parity as we are getting.

Mr TUDOR - I say they are not.

Mr Hector Lamond - They are not getting two-thirds of the world's parity.

Mr TUDOR - If they were getting the world's parity, coal. would go up at least £2 a ton.

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