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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Riordan (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) - There is no point of order in the matter raised by the honorable member for Richmond. If the statements of the honorable -member for Forrest are personally offensive, the honorable member aggrieved by them may seek to obtain redress. So far as the Chair can determine, the statements of the honorable member for Forrest may be answered during the course of the debate.

Mr LEMMON - It is rather strange that the honorable member for Richmond should find it necessary to take exception to my statements, although the honorable member to whom I referred is in the House. The honorable member for Indi makes statements about other Honorable members during their absence from the chamber, and in that respect differs from me. On three occasions, honorable members opposite . have condoned by their actions in this House, black marketing throughout this country. Ceiling prices' are essential if we are to continue to supply butter, pork and pig meats to Great Britain. Honorable members opposite would feed the already overfed, while denying to the people of the United Kingdom the opportunity to obtain food at the prices at which Australia' hatcontracted to supply it. As the honorable member for Indi was the spokesman for the Australian Country party, that party must be held responsible for the policy that he expounded. He objected to control, first by the Controller of Meat Supplies, secondly, by the Australian Meat Board, and, thirdly, by the Minister. The only concrete suggestion that he made in the course of a long speech was that the bill should be rejected. He want? a " free go ", not orderly marketing under a grower-controlled board. His policy throughout has been to return' to the open market.. He would allow the whole of our primary products to pass into the hands of the speculators and profiteers. He said that the board is a " political sham". The policy adopted on the three occasions I have mentioned proves that the Australian Country party is a <: political sham ".

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