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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - The explanation of the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Gullett) in reply to the request of the right honorable the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) for information indicates that the Government merely intends that honorable members shall engage in a wordy battle, without being given an opportunity to record a decision on the question at issue. It will not be sufficient to have a division on the motion for the printing of a report. I and others are anxious to know where honorable members stand with regard to this matter, which vitally concerns the welfare of a large section of the community, and so necessarily affects the political life of many who sit in this chamber. I am in agreement with the right honorable the Leader of the Opposition that we should have an early opportunity to decide this matter. It should not be allowed to stand over until after Easter. In the meantime those engaged in the tobacco industry may face ruin, as huge quantities of the foreign leaf may come into the country, to the prejudice of our own growers. As so many are concerned, I urge honorable members to force the Government to take some definite action immediately.

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