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Thursday, 14 May 1936

Senator BADMAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - I agree with Senator Foll that the Government is attempting to use pro jected trade treaties with other countries to maintain unnecessarily high duties on glass and other commodities. It is ridiculous to suggest that the duty which is about 10 per cent. higher than that recommended by the Tariff Board, can be used effectively for bargaining. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) should know that Stuart crystal, which is of British manufacture, is subject to a high rate of duty, although not so high as that imposed on imports from foreign countries. Until recently, I believed that the Labour party opposed monopolies and excessive profit making.

Senator Hardy - It has always said that it is opposed to monopolies.

Senator BADMAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Yes, and in the past its representatives have not hesitated to direct attention to the damaging effect of monopolies upon the community. But the Leader of the Opposition now enters the arena as the champion of monopolies which he speaks of as successful business concerns.

Senator Brown - The Leader of the Opposition did not say that he supports monopolies.

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