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Thursday, 5 December 1935

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - I move -

That at the end of the clause the following words be added: "subject to that agreement toeing amended to provide that the prices of sugar referred to in Clause 5 of the agreement shall on and after the first day of September one thousand nine hundred and thirty seven be reduced by £4 7s. 6d. per ton."

It will not be necessary for me to delay the committee very long, because I set out my views on this subject fairly fully this afternoon, when I stated that while I thought the agreement ought to be amended, I was not prepared to vote for its rejection. The purpose of the amendment is to make the agreement fairer in its operation to all sections of the people. I understand that it takes a couple of years for a crop of cane to be grown and cut, so ample notice will be given to growers before the guillotine descends, so to speak, and the price is reduced, assuming that the amendment will be carried. I do not know that I need say much on the subject of the agreement itself and why I think it should be amended, because I gave my reasons in the general debate. I fancy that I heard the Minister say something about inconsistency on my part. If so my answer is that my inconsistency-

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I said that the honorable gentleman was the only senator who was consistent.

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES - I am glad to hear the Minister say that. In the circumstances I shall refrain from citing an instance of glaring inconsistency on the part of some one else in this chamber.

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