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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I would point out to the honorable member that if I were to permit him to read a long document, I should have to. permit other members to do the same. I am quite sure the honorable member is capable of Asking a question based upon the document without reading it at all.

Mr J H CATTS - As a matter of fact, it is a very short document. It asks that import duties on foodstuffs should be removed until such time as the production of foodstuffs again reaches a normal level. It refers particularly to those cases where the removal of the duties will not cause any unemployment to workers-

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! Will the honorable member ask his question?

Mr J H CATTS - I desire to ask the Prime Minister whether he will coneider the removal of these duties with a view to the ' importation of foodstuffs in order to meet shortages where upon inquiry they are found to exist.

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