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Friday, 24 April 1936

The PRESIDENT - Order ! I ask the honorable senator to withdraw those words.

Senator BROWN - I withdraw them if they are offensive to the honorable senator. Senator Hardy also said that the members of the Labour party wished to build a tariff wall around Australia, and also to prevent migrants from coming to this country. That is not so. If the policy of the Labour party were adopted, the internal development, would be so pronounced that we could open our gates to the best migrants available, knowing that a greater population would he one of the greatest deterrents to an attack upon this country. I understand that the Government proposes to adopt a definite attitude in connexion with one item of the schedule, and to make it a vital issue. It has already been decided that a certain basic industry, which has factories in practically every State in the Commonwealth, including Tasmania and Western Australia, is to be attacked. I shall watch with interest the attitude adopted by Senator Payne and Senator E. B. Johnston when the interests of industries in the States which they represent are involved. If undue profits have been made there is a method by which they can be controlled. It is ridiculous to suggest that the commodity which this industry produces should be brought 13,000 miles over the water to enter into competition with the local product.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator has exhausted his time.

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