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Tuesday, 13 October 1931

Mr SPEAKER - That word also would be out of order.

Mr WHITE - Then I withdraw my statement, and say that, during the allnight sitting last week, the Labour party made its contribution to hospital week by passing a duty on cotton wool, which is largely used in hospitals. Honorable members who had previously opposed the duty withdrew their opposition, because of an assurance that the price would not be raised. I say that the protest by the honorable member for Flinders (Mr. . Holloway) regarding the tariff is somewhat belated as there were at least 100 items concerning which a similar complaint could be made.

Mr.Forde. - The article complained' of by the honorable member for Flinders is free of duty.

Mr WHITE - The most flagrant case of injustice was that in which the Minister insisted upon increasing the duty on glass lamp chimneys merely because he had been informed that a certain Continental firm was likely to establish a factory in Britain. It is a great pity that Gilbert died so soon, as otherwise lie could have shown the world, in his whimsical way, how tariffs are made in Australia.

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