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Tuesday, 8 November 1938

Mr BRENNAN - Inasmuch as the holder of the office of Minister for Trade and Customs will not be included in, may I say, the group of senior Ministers, but the Minister for Commerce and Leader of the Country party (Sir Earle Page) will be so included, is that to be taken as a public intimation that there will be a general scaling-down of the tariff of this country?

Mr LYONS - The first part of the question might well be left over until to-morrow, seeing that there is at present no Minister for Trade and Customs. As to the second part, I assure the honorable gentleman that the policy of this Government, which is a protectionist policy for the development of Australian secondary industries, never has been and will not lie dependent upon the attitude of any one single Minister. It is the definite, considered policy of the Government itself.

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