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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr REID (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In the absence of the Minister of Trade and Customs, .who, I suppose, has another engagement in the Hume electorate, and of the Prime Minister, I wish to ask the Attorney-General a question without notice. In view of the alarming statements which have been made by him as to the terrible sufferings of those connected with the metal trades of Victoria, because of the low duties of the present Tariff; is the honorable and learned gentleman now in a position to tell the House that their condition has improved, or whether it remains the same ? I am sur? that we shall all be glad to hear - if my honorable and learned friend can give us the assurance - that the dreadful state of things to which he referred some time ago no longer continues, and that the position has to some extent improved. If it has not improved, do the Government intend to take prompt measures to deal with it?

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