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Thursday, 30 October 1930

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - In my natural and usual desire to help the Government I did not move, as I intended to do, and as my conscience dictated, that theStanding Orders be suspended to enable the Senate to deal with an important matter affecting the citizens of this country. The Leader of the Government (Senator Daly) has rightly said that the present financial position warranted the convening of this federal session. But,whilst the finances call for the closest attention of Parliament, there are other matters of urgency vitally affecting the welfare, liberty, homes, and even the lives of the people. I refer particularly to those who are engaged in the production of wheat, the value of which has fallen solow that not only is it less than the cost of production, but it is exposing the farmers to extreme hardship, anxiety and poverty. I believed that this chamber, instead of adjourning, would have applied itself to this problem, and I had intended to move -

That in view of the grave situation confronting the wheat-growers of Australia, the Senate is of opinion that it is advisable to suspend so much of the Commonwealth bankruptcy law as wouldprevent State legislatures from giving adequate protection to those primary producersduring the present stressful period, and enable them above everything else to retain a firm grip on their homesteads until normal conditions prevail.

The equal of the present depression has never beenknown in the history of Australia. Not even the most dismal pessimist would have believed that Australia could suddenlyplumb such a depth of economic depressionandhardship. And the tillersofthe soil, the hardest workers and least pampered of all are first to suffer.

Senator Dunn -Due to the actions of the honorablesenator's party.

Senator LYNCH - If the honorable senator had his neck in the collar he would learn something. But he finds it much easier to blister his tongue than blister his hands. I was asked one time what I was prepared to do to help the hemp industry. I replied that I would advocate abonus for the growing of a tough variety in the vicinity of every trades hall, not for the genuine tradesunionist, but for the artful dodger that lives on his gullibilities. I believe in raw material being produced near the place where it is most wanted. If Senator Dunn would abandon the use of his tongue as a means of earning a living and learn to use a flail, a hoe, or a pitchfork, he would turn himself into something useful. He prefers, however, to risk blistering his tongue instead of hishands, and while the people allow him to earn a living in that way, we can expect nothing but nonsensical interjections from him.

As I was about to say, wheat is the support of the nation, as well as of the individual. Deprive the Australian people of the wheat-growing industry, and what will be left to sustain them? I speak to-day on behalf of about 80,000 wheat-growers, whose plight can only be described as desperate. They are looking to this Parliament for relief. Instead of going to their aid, the Government proposes that the Senate shall take another holiday.

Senator Barnes - They could have had the relief long ago.

Senator LYNCH - Another trades hall wheat-grower! Half the Labour members of this Parliament, if asked to bail acow, would not know which end to put infirst. At election time they approach the farmers with their tongues in their cheeks, and when they are returnedto power, proceed to heap burden after burden upon those whom they have deluded to vote for them.

Senator Hoare - We wanted to guarantee to them 4s. a bushel.

Senator LYNCH - You little paddymelon, keep quiet !

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