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Friday, 18 May 1928

Mr FENTON (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) -Is Mr. MacDougall;who is representing Australia at the Economic Conference in Europe, fortified with the opinions of this Government, and also instructed to maintain, at all hazards, the fiscal policy of Australia, irrespective of the suggestions of other nations f Does this Government consider that the fiscal question, so far as it concerns Australia, is entirely a domestic matter?

Mr BRUCE - The fiscal question is entirely a domestic matter with Australia, and this Government will maintain that attitude in all circumstances. A conference was held at Geneva last year, at which 51 nations were represented, and before it various problems concerning tariff policies and other matters came for consideration. At that conference, and at the League of Nations Assembly in 1026, this Government insisted that such problems, so far as they concern us, are within the domestic jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Australia.

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