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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Tariff Changes not Contemplated.

In view of statements made by the Labour candidates, particularly in Queensland that, if returned to power, the United Australia party would make immediate and drastic changes in tobacco duties, the Deputy Leader of the party (Mr. Latham) issued a statement yesterday in which he emphatically denied the assertion. Mr. Latham said that the United Australia party did not contemplate drastic changes to any item in the existing tobacco schedule. As Mr. Lyons had said in his policy speech, no changes of importance would be made except upon the recommendation of the Tariff Board. The party wanted, in every reasonable way, to foster the tobacco-growing industry in Australia.

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition may have quoted from a different paper, but he certainly omitted the very important portion of Mr. Latham's statement which refers to action after report by the Tariff Board.

Mr Forde - I quoted the whole of the report that appeared in the newspaper I saw.

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