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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr SPEAKER - The Deputy Leader of the Opposition has had sufficient parliamentary experience to know that questions are intended to elicit, not to give, information, and that the making of statements by reading lengthy extracts from letters is not in order. If the honorable member desires to base a question upon a letter he must summarize its contents.

Mr FORDE - The Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, which is not noted for being a protectionist body, has transmitted a resolution protesting against the reduction of the duty on cotton yarn. In view of the fact that the gross return to cotton-growers last seasonwas only about £8 an acre, I ask the Prime Minister whether he will extendto that industry the same courtesy as he extended to tobacco-growers, and receive at Canberra a deputation from the cotton industry before the tariff schedule is discussed in this chamber?

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