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Tuesday, 8 March 1932


Mr RILEY (Cook) .- I do not wish to raise any objection to the motion that has been submitted by the Prime Minister, but I should like to know why the duties on tobacco have been singled out for special discussion to the exclusion of a number of other important matters affected by the tariff. Is it that the Government has acted in a hasty and illconsidered manner and is now anxious to retrace its steps?


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I cannot permit honorable members to indulge in a general debate on the motion that is before the House. Honorable members must confine their remarks to the question, which is that certain standing orders be suspended.


Mr RILEY - I do not desire to engage in a general discussion, but I respectfully ask whether I am not in order in inquiring of the Prime Minister why the House is to have an opportunity to discuss the duties on tobacco when honorable members are denied an opportunity of debating the tariff schedule generally. I particularly have in mind the duties on glass, glassware, cotton yarns, tools of trade-


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member must not seek to evade the ruling of the Chair.


Mr RILEY - It is not my wish to do so, sir. I feel that honorable members have a grievance, and that they should be given an opportunity to discuss other tariff items as well as tobacco.


Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member must not proceed along those lines.


Mr RILEY - Would it be in order for me to ask whether the Prime Minister proposes to give honorable members an opportunity to discuss the duties on galvanized iron, which are of particular interest to the Minister for Home Affairs (Mr. Parkhill) and the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory) ?







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