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Thursday, 22 March 1928

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) (Honorary Minister) . - Senator Chapman's recollection of what took place in committee is different from mine. After a vote had been taken on one item a number of other items were passed without debate before that which deals with steel pipes was put from the Chair. If Senator Chapman missed his opportunity to discuss it, that was his own fault. If we agree to the schedule being committed for the consideration of this item, we cannot reasonably decline to recommit it for the further consideration of any other item. I do not consider that the honorable senator has made out a good case. The discussion, if allowed, may develop into one embracing the whole of the iron and steel duties. I trust that Senator Chapman will not persist with his amendment; but, if he does, I hope that he will not receive the support of other honorable senators. Senator Chapman should have informed me of his intention to move for the recommittal of this item, but he did not do so. He said that he wished to have an opportunity of referring to it again, but he did not intimate that he desired to go beyond that.

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