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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Stating that the encouragement of tobacco- growing in Australia was highly desirable the Leader of the United Australia party (Mr. Lyons) said, "Members of the United Australia party will support enthusiastically any well planned measures to encourage tobaccogrowing. In my policy speech I made it clear that measures should be adopted wherever possible to make primary production more profitable. This would obviously include those engaged in tobacco production ".

In the Brisbane Courier, of the 16th December, 1931, the following paragraph appeared : -

The assertion that if the United Australia party under Mr. Lyons was successful at the forthcoming elections the protection afforded to the Australian tobacco-growing industry would be repealed was refuted by the Premier, Mr. A. Moore, yesterday. Mr. Moore said that such an assertion against the United Australia party was made only by interested persons, but statements of that sort, were of course, absolutely without foundation and were circulated only for party political purposes. The record of the Country National party had been written plainly in the statutes of the Commonwealth, and its policy of assisting primary production had been amply demonstrated. Mr. Lyons had been quite definite that the statement of his intentions to repeal the duty on tobacco was entirely untrue. It was regrettable that for party political purposes attempts should be made to mislead and intimidate voters by endeavouring to frighten them by false and malicious statements.

A little while ago, Mr. Godfrey Morgan, Minister for Transport in the Government of Queensland, stated, while touring the tobacco-growing districts of Victoria, that the Commonwealth Government, by its tariff alterations, had played into the bands of the tobacco combine, and had thrown the tobacco growers overboard. The Melbourne Age, of the 18th December, 1931, and the Melbourne Herald, of the 17th December, published the following: -

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