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Thursday, 3 December 1936

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - HUGHES. - I have never felt that we can point the finger of scorn at other countries in the matter of dumping.

Senator Collings - Does the honorable senator suggest that the Parliament should be continuously in session?

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES - No ; but the Parliament, and not a Minister, should decide the ratesof duty. We have been able to carry on for some years without the embargoes which were brought into force during the depression period. I have never heard any person, except, perhaps, one who would benefit by the imposition of embargoes, say that he favoured them. Although embargoes have been discarded, we are practically re-introducing the system by placing discretionary power in the hands of a Minister in a way that should not be tolerated in peace times. It seems to me to be an unnecessary delegation of the authority which should be exercised by the Parliament. It cannot be said that it is being done because the system gives widespread satisfaction. I do not want this measure to pass without placing on record that I am intensely opposed to such extensive powers being placed in the hands of any Minister, regardless of the political party to which he belongs.

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