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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Mr GREGORY - I thought that the honorable member was advocating tariff reform.

Mr HAWKER - Tariff reform is the way to bring that about. I have on occasions co-operated with the members of the Country party and no one regrets more than I do that one of their number is not occupying the position that I now hold in the Ministry. I have believed that they are sincere in the crusade to relieve the burden of costs, to assist the export industry, and to help this country out of the existing depression. But if they persist in their attitude I shall be seriously disillusioned. I am satisfied that they, as well as the Government, will give further consideration to the proposals which have been put forward in all sincerity .as a part of a comprehensive scheme to bring down the Australian cost level, and to place this country on the road to prosperity.

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