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Wednesday, 5 September 1928

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Mann (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The honorable member is departing from the subject before the Chair.

Mr GREGORY - I again express my regret, sir, that the general discussion on the loan policy of the Government was allowed to conclude so abruptly. However, I submit that it is absurd for us to think of unnecessarily limiting migration when our country is capable of carrying at least 20,000,000 more people. "We have wonderful resources, and we should be doing our best to develop them. Only in that way can our people become happy, prosperous, and self-reliant. I should have preferred to see a considerably reduced loan programme this year. I wished to speak on the general loan policy of the Government, and not entirely on the immigration vote. The honorable member for Barton (Mr. Ley) expressed the belief that it was necessary to bring in large numbers of migrants in order to make customers for secondary industries, but I disagree with him entirely. From 1901 to 1914 Australia made wonderful progress, not only in wheat and wool growing, but in all primary production. Our butter and fruit industries were flourishing, and the success of all our primary industries helped to build up our secondary industries. Before we can expect great progress by our manufacturers, we must have a large and virile population on the land.

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