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Friday, 18 May 1928

Mr BLAKELEY (DARLING, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Prime Minister been drawn to reports in the press that Mr. W. T. Layton, British delegate to the Economic Organisation Committee of the League of Nations, criticized the protection policy of Australia and other nations and said that the Australian Tariff Board report confirmed opinion as to the deleterious effect of excessive protection ? During the statement Mr. Layton quoted the following from the Australian Tariff Board's report : -

The Geneva Conferenceshowed that the world is beginning to have more concern with the manner in which the different nationalities have exploited their natural resources, and will discuss whether a people has a moral right to monopolize and work ill . or well as it pleases, the resources of that portion of the earth, ever which, for the time being, it has control.

Will the Prime Minister inform the British Government that the Tariff Board's report is in no way an official declaration of the views of the people of Australia ?

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