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Wednesday, 9 March 1932

Mr PERKINS (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Assistant Minister for Trade and Customs) - I made that statement believing it to be true. It was based on the report of the Tariff Board, which sets out that the duties on unstemmed, unmanufactured tobacco have been -to the 22nd August, 1929, 2s. ; from the 23rd August. 1929, 2s. 8d.; from the 22nd November, 1929, 3s.; from the 10th July, 1930. 3s. 6d. :and from the 4th December, 1930, 5s.' 2d.

Dr EARLE PAGE - In viewof the apparent mental confusion of the Assistant Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Perkins) between the Customs duty levied on tobacco and the price paid to the growers, will the Prime Minister supply him with accurate information before he sets out on another tour?

Question not answered.

Mr.RIORDAN.- Did the Assistant Minister for Defence advise the Queensland Tobacco Growers Association that the Government was favorably considering a reversion to the Scullin tariff, and that that schedule had his sympathy and support? Further, did the honorable gentleman declare that unless his Government took some definite action to relieve the position he intended to resign from the Cabinet?

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