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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Mr THOMPSON (New England) . - I desire to make a personal explanation in reply to certain of the remarks of the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Beasley), and others that were made during the taking of the division on the motion for the adjournmentof the debate in connexion with the tobacco industry. The Leader of the Country party (Dr. Earle Page) informed mc that the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) had asked him if the Country party were prepared to support the adjournment of the debate,, as the Government desired to consider the position in the light of the speeches that had been made. The right honorable gentleman asked me if I thought that that was a fair thing; and I replied that it was, on the condition that the Government afforded us the earliest possible opportunity of resuming the debate. I understand that that undertaking was given to the Leader of the Country party; and it was on that understanding that I voted for the adjournment of the debate.

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