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Thursday, 11 August 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - Earlier in the debate, I realized that this was a vexed question, and I promised to bring it under the notice of the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr.' Greene), but, unfortunately, the Minister is away, and I have been unable to get in touch with him. I cannot undertake to hold up this schedule until he has been able to give the matter some consideration.


Senator Vardon - No one asks the Minister to do that.


Senator RUSSELL - I was asked to hold up the Bill until I could make a statement with regard to thi3 matter, but I am not prepared to do that. I have some suggestions to make to the Minister. These I will submit to him, and, if necessary, confer with other members of the Cabinet to see what can be done to meet the wishes of honorable senators, and in order to reach finality. I shall endeavour to make a statement before the schedule is finalized; but I cannot undertake to submit a definite proposal, because that is the province of the Minister for Trade and Customs, and he will probably want to look into the matter very carefully.







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