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Friday, 23 October 1931

Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- Mr. Deputy Speaker--

Honorable Members. - Let the motion go.

Mr GREGORY - I do not intend to keep quiet. We have too much of this nonsensical interference by governments and parliaments, which has shackled the hands of persons on both sides in a dispute. Because of the policy of the Government which imposes embargoes on goods, far distant States are in a particularly unenviable position during a shipping hold-up. I urge the Prime Minister to consider suspending the coastal clauses of the Navigation Act for a short period to enable those living in distant States, who at present are compelled to purchase their requirements from the eastern States, to obtain supplies from more convenient sources. A hold-up such as that which now confronts us drastically affects the people of Western Australia. I do not want to see them starved out because of the existence of this dispute, and I urge the Prime Minister to give consideration to my request.

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