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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Air) . - by leave - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

Mr. Speaker,the bill now before the House proposes to validate duties of customs in respect of the tariff proposals which I tabled earlier this evening and one proposal which I tabled on 1 9th November last. Because the Parliament will shortly go into recess and could be prorogued, in which case the proposals would lapse, it is necessary to validate the collection of the proposed duties. This bill validates the collection until 30th June, 1960.

I would expect, however, that before that date expires, the proposals will be reintroduced in order to be passed into law. If they are so te-introduced they will be required to be enacted or again validated before the expiration of six months from the date of the second tabling. As honorable members are well aware, the Government, with the full co-operation of the Opposition, has been able to give honorable members ample opportunities in recent years to debate tariff legislation, and I see no reason why this happy state of affairs should not continue in the New Year.

I commend the bill to honorable members.

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