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Wednesday, 2 March 1932

Serious Effect Expected in Queensland.

Brisbane, Monday. Mr. R. Webster, general manager of the Queensland Cotton Board, stated to-day that it was clear, unless the Commonwealth Government could be induced to vary the new tariff schedule, so far as it affected cotton yarns, that it was going to have serious and far-reaching results on the cotton -growing industry in Queensland. Advice had been received from spinners that they could not make any further purchases of cotton. Every cotton-grower in Queensland - and this year there are approximately 5,000 - would fight to prevent the destruction of the industry by removal of the flat rate dutyon cotton yarns.

Will the Minister for Trade and Customs arrange a conference with representatives of the spinners, knitters and the Queensland Cotton Board to discuss the cotton duties before they are dealt with in the House, so that if those engaged in the industry can submit convincing arguments in favour of an amendment of the duties, prolonged discussion of them in this Parliament may be obviated?

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