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Tuesday, 8 June 1926

Senator KINGSMILL (Western Australia) . - Since the Government shows its readiness to increase duties in consonance with the increase in wages, will the Minister inform us whether that increase will ever stop? This is a very serious matter in connexion with this and other items. Is the Minister not of the opinion that if we continue, not in this vicious circle, but in this vicious spiral, we shall eventually cut Australia off from the rest of the commercial world to an even greater extent than she is cut off to-day? I ask the question seriously, and I hope to have a serious reply. Does the Minister think that there is going to be any end to this process, and, if so, when will it be reached?

Senator Reid - Is the Minister expected to prophesy about the matter?

Senator KINGSMILL - No ; I hope that he will think about it.

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