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Thursday, 24 July 1930

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) - by leave - I was present during the latter part of the interview which Senator Carroll has related. When I was called out Senator Carroll was talking with Mr. Stewart and Dr. Earle Page in the King's Hall. The Minister for Markets (Mr. Parker Moloney) was also there. Apparently they had been discussing the Wheat Marketing Bill. I told them plainly and clearly that I intended to vote against it on the second reading, and that if the Government intended to alter its attitude, a definite statement should be made in the Senate and time given to me and others concerned to consider the matter. Some one said that the Leader of the Senate, who had introduced the bill, could only speak in reply to the debate, but I pointed out that Senator Barnes had not yet spoken so that if the Government was prepared to do something to assist the wheat growers and relieve the States he would be able to make an announcement. The debate could then be adjourned to give us an opportunity to consider the Government's proposals. When Mr. Parker Moloney went away it was not clear to me what action was intended, but as he was leaving I said - "Let there be no misunderstanding. Unless such a course is pursued I intend to vote against the second reading of the bill." I did so.

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