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Thursday, 19 November 1936

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - I am somewhat loathe to speak on the bill at this juncture, and I shall not say anything concerning the merits or demerits of the Government's action that has caused the introduction of this measure. No one has been more anxious than I have been to learn that the Government is likely to reach an amicable settlement with one of the countries against which the trade diversion policy was directed, and I shall therefore refrain from saying anything that may imperil a satisfactory conclusion being reached as early as possible. I feel, however, that it is essential that I should say that I hope that the action I take in voting for or against the measure will not be misunderstood. I must do what I consider right. I could say, perhaps, more than has been said by Senator Duncan-Hughes, but I shall reserve my remarks on the Government's trade diversion policy until a later date. If my vote on this bill is questioned my only reply will be that I am exceedingly desirous that the laws of this country shall be observed.

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