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Thursday, 6 September 1928

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - If honorable members desire to discuss any portions of the Tariff Board's report they will have an opportunity to do so when the Estimates of the Department of Trade and Customs are under consideration. In regard to the particular passage quoted by the honorable member, there is no statutory prohibition against the board including in its report any matter which in its opinion should receive the attention of Parliament. So far as the honorable member's second question is concerned, it is not usual for Ministers to state opinions in reply to questions, but the supremacy of this Parliament in all matters is so well recognized that I have no hesitation in answering the honorable member in the affirmative.

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