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Friday, 4 June 1926

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - I regard the proposal of Senator Findley as a sprat set to catch a mackerel and I am sorry that the Minister so eagerly accepted it.

Senator Crawford - Not eagerly.

Senator THOMPSON - The Minister's readiness to accept it reminded me of a phrase which was once current in this Parliament - " Yes, Mr. Watson."

Senator Findley - It is a reasonable request which I have moved.

Senator THOMPSON - It is not. The Government's proposals already provide for an increase of 50 per cent, on the old tariff. Now, Senator Findley would increase the old duties to 90 per cent. ; I am referring to the British tariff. The attitude adopted by the honorable senator bears out, to a marked degree, the statement of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, to which reference was made last night. That view is still held by many people in Queensland.

Senator Crawford - The Townsville Chamber of Commerce has, so far, failed to obtain the support of any other Chamber of Commerce.

Senator THOMPSON - So far as Senator Findley's threat is concerned, the Minister would be well advised to accept suggestions from honorable senators on this side rather than those which emanate from honorable senators opposite.

Senator Duncan - The Minister has lot accepted the suggested amendment..

Senator THOMPSON - He has.

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