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Thursday, 12 July 1906

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I should like to hear the views of the Attorney-General upon this question, which is purely of a technical character. The explanation given by the Minister of Trade and Customs does not clear up the matter. It is quite true that in clause 15 it is provided that the Minister' may direct a Justice to make an investigation and determination of the question as to whether the goods are being imported with the intention alleged. But when the Justice proceeds to make that inquiry he will be met with an instruction which tells him that he must argue intent if he finds that, in the ordinary circumstances of trade it would probably lead to the Australian goods being no longer produced, being withdrawn from the market, or sold at a loss, unless produced at an inadequate remuneration for labour.

Mr Isaacs - No. I see the honorable member's difficulty, and perhaps I can explain it.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I shall be glad to hear the honorable and learned gentleman do so.

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