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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Dr EARLE PAGE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - By way of per sonal explanation, I desire to correct a misrepresentation regarding the attitude of the Country party towards tobacco duties. A report published in the Melbourne Herald of the 14th March is headed -


Plan Fails.

TensionOverNewTobacco Duties.

The report states, inter alia -

It was revealed to-day that during the discussion in the Country party, of the campaign against the new tobacco duties, a move was made to expel Mr. Gregory (Western Australia) for his opposition to the leader (Dr. Earle Page ) .

The trouble arose over Mr. Gregory's hostility to the campaign for the old high rates of protection for the tobacco industry.

After a heated debate, a motion was put forward that the party should unanimously support Dr. Earle Page.

Mr. Gregoryindignantly opposed this, stating that, in no circumstances, would he accept it. He also complained about the propaganda being put out on behalf of the Country party, and said that it did not square with the Country party's platform or pledges.

The motion for his expulsion was then put forward, and, although this was defeated, by the intervention of Mr. Paterson, a state of high tension exists within the Country party ranks.

That statement is an absolute fabrication. The expulsion of the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory) was not even discussed. This misrepresentation is in keeping with the propaganda on the tariff issue in which the Melbourne Herald customarily indulges.

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