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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - I have received from Mr. M. Hodgetts, Chairman of the Local Producers Association at Callide, Queensland, the following telegram : -

The removal of flat rate duty on cotton yarn means the wiping out of one of Queensland's most promising industries, and will cause ruination to those thousands of farmers in the industry; will therefore bring about increased widespread unemployment. We urge you reinstate the flat rate duty.

Having regard to the fact that the Tariff Board's report, upon which the Minister for Trade and Customs based his decision to remove the flat rate duty, is nearly two years old, will he order a reconsideration of the matter, and meet the representatives of the cotton-growing industry before the tariff schedule is discussed, so that we may avoid throwing on to the labour market thousands of people now engaged in the cotton industry?

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