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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator BADMAN (South Australia) . - I fail to see why we should require this weapon in any negotiations which may be undertaken. The bad feeling, which was created in 1930, when the Scullin Government imposed embargoes on the importation of glass, did not end with a change of government, because, when the embargoes were removed, certain interests attempted to hold a pistol at the head of the new Government by demanding that embargoes be re-imposed. Belgium retaliated by refusing to grant licences to Belgian importers to import barley from Australia. The Commonwealth Government now proposes to take further hostile action; it suggests that the tariff be raised to permit of bargaining. The sooner these tactics are dropped the better. Let representatives of the countries with which we hope to trade meet with us round the table in a spirit of mutual helpfulness, and better results will be achieved.

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