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Wednesday, 2 March 1932

Mr FORDE - A summary of the remarks of Dr. Earle Page is as follows : -

Although he emphasized the Country party's desire to give the Federal Government solid support in carrying out the election policy, the Leader of the United Country party told a meetingat the Graziers Association's rooms to-night that the Government's tariff policy bewildered him. " There is no principle in it," Dr. Page said. " and there is no scheme in it. It isa mass of conflicting views. It wanders all over the place." '

It was unfortunate,he added, that the Government's first action on the tariff showed a lamentable want of perspective.

In view of the desire of the Leader of the Country party that Parliament should be given an early opportunity to discuss the new tobacco duties, will the Minister for Trade and Customs say definitely when that opportunity will be afforded to honorable members?

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