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Thursday, 22 March 1928

Senator ANDREW (Victoria) . - Last night Senator Chapman intimated to the Honorary Minister (Senator Crawford) and the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Pearce) that he intended to take the action he has taken to-day.

Senator Crawford - He did not notify me of any such intention.

Senator ANDREW - When Senator Chapman made his request last night the Honorary Minister said that if an opportunity to deal with the item did not present itself last night an opportunity would be given to-day. In the circumstances I cannot understand the Minister's present attitude. Senator Chapman's object is to obtain some relief for the primary producers, who use large quantities of steel pipes. After he has expressed his views it will be for the Senate to decide -whether, the duties shall remain or be lowered. I rose particularly to mention the arrangement which was entered into last night between Senator Chapman, the Honorary Minister, and the Leader of the Government.

Senator Crawford - I deny it absolutely in so far as I am concerned.

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