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Friday, 9 May 1930

Senator CHAPMAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that, since the present Government tabled its tariff, France has imposed a super tax of 200 per cent. over and above the previous rate on Australian wheat and butter ?

2.   What was the previous duty, and what is it at present?

3.   Were these duties imposed in retaliation for the duties imposed by Australia?

4.   What was the value of French goods imported into Australia last year?

5.   What was the value of Australian goods imported into France last year?

6.   Will the Government make representations to the French Government and endeavour to have this position rectified, so that Australian producers will get the same value for their wheat and butter as is obtained by India and the Argentine?

7.   If the Australian farmers are to receive less for their produce from other countries than the farmers of other countries are to receive owing to Australia's policy of increasing the tariff, will the Government compensate the producers for their losses.

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