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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Mr RIORDAN (Kennedy) .- From answers given by Ministers last week, I gathered the impression that honorable members would this week be afforded an opportunity of voting on the tobacco duties. The suspension of the Standing Orders to allow honorable members to beat the air from now until tomorrow morning will not bring about the result, desired by the primary producers. The tobacco-growers wish to know where they stand. No good purpose will be served by honorable members airing their views, and then going away for the Easter holidays, leaving 4,000 or 5,000 tobaccogrowers in. a condition of uncertainty regarding the future of their industry.

Mr Lyons - Is the honorable member in order in discussing this matter on a motion for the suspension of the Standing Orders?

Mr SPEAKER - I am following the honorable member closely, and if he goes too far I shall call him to order.

Mr RIORDAN - This proposal to suspend the Standing Orders is simply a trick on the part of the Government.

Mr SPEAKER - No honorable member will be allowed to transgress the Standing Orders. Honorable members may argue for or against the suspension of the Standing Orders, or they may ask that the period of suspension shall he further extended.

Mr RIORDAN - The suspension of the Standing Orders has been moved to give honorable members an opportunity to discuss the Tariff Board's report on the tobacco industry. In my opinion, the time of the House will merely be wasted if the report is discussed without a vote being taken. What useful purpose can be served by suspending the Standing Orders, and talking around the subject? That will not create the confidence of which we have heard so much.

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member must not continue in that strain.

Mr RIORDAN - Will the tobaccogrowers be any wiser regarding the tobacco duties after the Standing Orders have been suspended, and the Tariff Board's report debated ? They will he no better off. This House will adjourn at Easter-

Mr SPEAKER - I ask the honorable member to resume his seat.

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