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Thursday, 30 April 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I take this opportunity to say to my friend, Senator Hardy, who appears to be somewhat distressed because I have not moved a request for an increased duty on this item, that the road is open to him.

If he submits a request he will get some support from the Labour Opposition in this chamber.

Senator Hardy - I do not believe in high duties.

Senator COLLINGS - I am aware of that. For a man of my limited intelligence, it is difficult to understand what are Senator Hardy's beliefs; he changes them so frequently, so easily and so lightly. During the tariff debate three years ago you, Mr. Chairman, made some kindly references to. me in the form of verse, which I have preserved, but which I do not propose to quote. Senator Hardy also made a humorous contribution, and seeing that the honorable gentleman has adopted the role of father to the Leader of the Opposition I intend to return the compliment. On that occasion he said, " Why arewe expected to tread the fiscal path with our eyes; coveredwith a bandage fixed by the Government and the knot firmly tied by the manufacturing interests " ? The honorable senator's youth makes him unduly reckless, and when he attacks me it is only natural that I should retaliate.

Senator Hardy - I merely directed attention to the inconsistency of the honorable senator.

Senator COLLINGS - The policy the Opposition intends to adopt during the consideration of the schedule is that, when we know that we cannot influence the Government Ave shall not attempt to do so. Hadwe the remotest idea that the representatives of the primary producers in this chamberwould support a request to increase the duties on tobacco I should have moved a request to that effect. I do not resentwhat Senator Hardy has said, but I wish to remind him that the recklessness of youth may not always be profitable, andwhen he couches a lance against me I shall always retaliatewith the weapons at my disposal.

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