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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) . - I hope nothing that I said will be construed into an attack on -the Government, or a complaint against the Government, for their dealings with the sugar industry during arid subsequent to the war period. The representatives of the industry always obtained , a sympathetic hearing from whatever Minister they interviewed, and on the last occasion the Government, with the approval of both Houses, gave' all that was asked for.

Senator Wilson - -1 suppose that is why yon ask for so much this time !

Senator CRAWFORD - No; it is because! I have an idea that the. position two years from now will be an extremely difficult one for those engaged in -the production of sugar, unless a higher measure of protection is given. . The growers have to begin at once to prepare their land for the crop to be harvested in 1923. However, I suppose we must take whatever comfort we can get from the sympathetic assurances of the Minister as to what we may expect if, at a later stage, circumstances show that the fears I have expressed to-night have a valid foundation.

Request negatived.

Item agreed to.

Progress reported.

Senate adjourned at 10.20 p. a.

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