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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Mr LYONS - I addressed the National Farmers Union, not on the question of migration, or on the need for providing facilities for British migrants to come to Australia, but upon the matters covered by the recent ministerial delegation to Great Britain. I placed the facts of the Australian position before them, and, first of all, said-

Mr SPEAKER - I ask the Prime Minister to confine his remarks to answering the question asked.

Mr LYONS - I submit, sir, that I can do that only by repeating what I said to the members of the National Farmers Union. I may have made some reference to migration in making out a case for the right of Australia to an increased share of the British market for our primary products. I claimed that Australia could not go on expanding without securing that increased share. I said that the only hope for migration from Great Britain in the future lay in the dominions, and not in foreign countries, and I used that argument to demonstrate that Great Britain should give Australia an increased share of the British market. So far as the latter part of the honorable member's question is concerned, I have mentioned frequently in this chamber that, when the Government has any proposal to make in regard to migration, it will be made known definitely in this chamber. The Government has no such proposal to make at present.

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