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Thursday, 1 July 1915

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As the right honorable member has not seen the newspaper reports on this subject, will he permit me to call his attention to them ? The statements of the Argus and Age conflict, and I should like to ask which is correct. The Age statement is this: -

Mr. Ryan,with regard to the suggested remission of duty on imported sugar, said he had received a communication from Mr. Fisher some time ago intimating that the duty would be remitted.

This is the Argus statement: -

Mr. Ryansaid that he had received an intimation from the Prime Minister some time ago in which it was intimated thattheduty would not be remitted.

Mr FISHER - The truth lies between the two statements, but I have turned over the matter to the Attorney-General, and if honorable members will have patience, he will make a statement to the House on the subject at an early date.

Mr Joseph Cook - Surely the right honorable gentleman can say which of the statements that I have read is correct ?

Mr FISHER - I could not do that without making a lengthy explanation.

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