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Wednesday, 19 September 1928

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member must not argue the matter. What is the question he desires to ask?

Mr PARSONS - Will the Government consider the advisability of removing the protective duties to which I have referred, with a view to the substitution of an equivalent bounty, so that the added cost will be borne by the community as a whole instead of solely by the farmers?

Mr BRUCE - The first portion of the honorable member's question is of a controversial and argumentative character, and I cannot follow him into the realms of debate that it opens up; my reply to the second portion of it is that the established policy of Australia is to protect Australian industries by way of either a customs tariff or a bounty. There are examples of both forms of assistance upon our statute-book. It is for this Parliament to decide which method shall be adopted in any particular- case.

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