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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) .- The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) inquired whether his eulogy of the boot-making industry had by any chance caused me to move my amendment. I assure him that it was not so. I had intended to move the amendment even before he gave me the additional ground of his eulogy for doing so. I emphasize that my amendment seeks to give effect to the recommendations of the Tariff Board. However, in view of the facts that the Minister in charge of the bill has said definitely that the prosecution of my amendment at this stage would prove embarrassing to the Government, and that I recognize that sometimes movements are on foot of which private members have no knowledge, I am prepared, though with great reluctance, to take a course that I seldom take, but only because I believe that it is proper for me to do so. I ask leave to withdraw my amendment. If the amendment be withdrawn obviously the higher duties provided in the schedule will remain in force, and, as subsequent events may prove, that the amendment need not have been withdrawn, I think it only fair to ask the Government for an assurance that when the next tariff schedule is being prepared it will reconsider this rate.

Amendment - by leave - withdrawn.

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