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Thursday, 20 September 1928

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member is discussing a subject that is beyond the scope of the item before the committee.

Mr PARSONS - I am referring to an item of £25,000 for investigation. I consider that the wine industry should be investigated by the Development and Migration Commission, and I am giving my reasons for that.

The CHAIRMAN - I suggest that the honorable member reserve his remarks until the Customs Department is under consideration.

Mr PARSONS - The wine industry is in a grave position. Millions of pounds have been expended in settling returned soldiers on the river Murray and elsewhere, and unless some assistance is given to them they will be ruined, and their blocks abandoned, and the consequent loss to the Commonwealth will be enormous.

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