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Wednesday, 14 October 1931
Page: 745

Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- This clause provides that duties imposed pursuant to the customs tariff proposal introduced on the 3rd April, 1930, shall be deemed to have been lawfully imposed. A period of eighteen months has elapsed since the imposition of these duties. In September, 1929, or over two years ago,, large increases in duty were imposed, and even now, those proposals must be passed by the other branch of the legislature before they become law. For over two years heavy imposts have been placed upon the people, without parliamentary approval, and I contend that the practice is utterly wrong. I hope that, in the near future, the law will be amended so that duties will not be effective until they have received parliamentary approval, as is the position in the United States of America, or unless they are approved within 90 days. We have before us a list of embargoes on over 80 items. It was never intended that the Minister should have power to say that Australia shall not trade with other countries. I am not discussing the merit of any particular duty ; I am merely contending, on broad principles, that tariff imposts and embargoes should not operate until parliamentary approval has been obtained.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 7 agreed to.

Schedule and title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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