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Wednesday, 4 July 1906
Page: 980


Mr SKENE (GRAMPIANS, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether, in view of the fact that no less an authority on the fiscal question than Sir George Turner has expressed the opinion that "themoment the Tariff Commission touches one line it is impossible to say where its labours will terminate," and there beinga strong feeling amongst the business portion of the community that a general revision of the Tariff, with its inevitable accompaniment of a serious dislocation of trade, is not desirable, he will consider the advisableness of appointing a permanent body to exercise a continual supervision over the operations of the Tariff and cognate acts, furnish Parliament with periodica] reports as to any evidence of existing anomalies, or such as from time to time may come to light, any evidence of dumpingor existence of combines prejudicial to trade or industry, and generally to keep Parliament informed in all matters relating thereto?

a.   Whether such work might notform part of the duties of an Inter-State Commission ; and

3.   Whether the time has notarrived when the question of the appointment of an InterState Commission should be considered?







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