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Thursday, 27 May 1915

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member must not discuss the Tariff.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (INDI, VICTORIA) - It is time the Inter-State Commission was put to some other and more congenial task with which it is capable of dealing. The Commission was appointed by the present Opposition - and honorable members opposite are, I think, in Opposition simply because of the composition of the Commission - to> conveniently get rid of an awkward situation, and this has resulted in a body which cannot deal with a question of the kind in conformity with the settled convictions of a majority of the people. Knowing the Minister of Trade and Customs to be a good Protectionist, I venture to say that he has altered the opinion he expressed a fortnight ago when he said that he had every confidence in the Inter-State Commission. If the Minister does have that confidence in the Inter-State Commission, I am sure that such is not the case with Protectionists generally.

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