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Wednesday, 23 July 1930

Senator DUNN asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate, upon notice -

1.   Has the attention of the Minister been drawn to a statement, appearing theSydney Morning Herald on the 16th instant, to the effect -

(a)   That the the Council of the Chamber of Manufactures in New South Wales recognizes the imperative necessity of ensuring the balancing of the budget for the current financial year.

(6)   That common honesty demands it.

(c)   That the council, after full cousiders tion, records its view that the proposals of the Federal Government, including the sales tax, embrace the only practical means of raining the large sums necessary to fill the gap in the revenue due to reduced receipts expected from various sources.

(d)   That the council places on recordits emphatic condemnation of the wild statements recently made at public meetings that the tariff is strangling the community; and that, on the contrary, the tariff is the essential element rehabilitating our oversea financial position, as it was. and continued to be, imperatively necessary to reduce imports drastically in order to minimize the adverse exchange position, which cannot be achieved in any other way than by means of the Customs Tariff?

2.   Will the Minister take steps to see that this resolution is given such publicity as if necessary ?

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