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Friday, 4 June 1926

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Kingsmill - I ask the honorable senator to confine himself to the item under discussion.

Senator J B HAYES - I was merely replying to an observation that was made by an honorable senator opposite. I do not know whether I shall be in order in saying that the price of beef is about1s. a lb. because of the operation of the Navigation Act.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Kingsmill - That is somewhat irrelevant.

Senator J B HAYES - As a primary producer and a representative of the primary producers, I am unwillingly constrained to believe that the further you get from Melbourne and Sydney the less chance you have of receiving help from the Customs Department. On the other hand. I realize the benefit of big towns to the primary producers, and I am, therefore, willing to give the manufacturers in this case another chance.

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