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Tuesday, 12 December 1905


Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) (Minister of Trade and Customs) . - I move -

That the words " the Governor-General is satisfied," lines 20 and 2r, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words" the Minister for Trade and Customs certifies."

The object of this amendment is to bring the clause into accord with what I stated last night.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Sir William Lyne) agreed to -

That the words " is satisfied," line 25, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " certifies."

Amendment (by Sir William Lyne) proposed -

That the following words be added : - " and the certificate has been affirmed by joint addresses passed on the motion of Ministers by both Houses of Parliament."

Mr. HIGGINS(Northern Melbourne).I was not present when the second reading of the Bill was moved, and I desire to ask what is the meaning of passing an Act which Parliament may afterwards bring into operation. I understand that 'both Houses of Parliament have, at some future time, . to consent to this thing being done. What is the value of passing a Bill of this sort when we shall have to pass a resolution afterwards for the same purpose?

Sir WILLIAMLYNE (Hume- Minister of Trade and Customs). - If the honorable and learned member had looked at the wording of division VI. a of the Customs Tariff, he would have seen a provision to bring certain . articles under duty by proclamation, but not until an Act had been passed. It says -

No proclamation to issue except in pursuance of a joint address passed on the motion of Ministers by both Houses of Parliament statingthat such manufacture is sufficiently established.

Precisely the course which was taken in that case is being taken now.







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