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Tuesday, 7 May 1957

Mr RUSSELL (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister to Trade noticed a report of a speech made at the " Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Service " at the Maughan Church in Adelaide h* Mr. W. S. Kelly, a leading grazier in South Australia, and a member of the Consultative Committee on Import Policy, on the subject " Can Australia pay her way " ? Mi Kelly said -

Australia should strive to find a better solutionto her balance of payment problem than the periodic imposition of import restrictions, and before we accept the dismal outlook of import controls remaining for a long time we must face up to the many serious objections to them. Con- trol of imports by the issue of licences is a clumsy interference with individual initiative and is liable to serious abuse. When tariff duties are printed on a schedule they apply to all, and a trader knows where he stands, but import licences may be granted to one and denied another. It places far too much power in the hands of a few officials.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I rise to order. A question cast in this form is clearly out of order, Mr. Speaker, and I suggest that, in the interests of all members of the House, this kind of question be ruled out of order forthwith.

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