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Thursday, 19 August 1920

Mr SPEAKER (Hon Sir Elliot Johnson (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I have received an intimation from the honorable member for Flinders (Mr. Bruce) that he desires to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, viz., " The basis on which foreign exchange shall be calculated for the purpose of determining the amount of Customs duties payable in respect of imports into the Commonwealth."

Five honorable members having risen in their places,

Question proposed.

Mr. BRUCE(Flinders) [2.451.- This question has been raised by me before in the House, and subsequently the Prime Minister, in reply to an inquiry by me, gave an assurance that, subject to certain representations being made on behalf of France, he would deal with the matter within twenty-four hours. Those representations were all made some time ago, but I regret to say that the. matter has not been dealt with.

Mr Fenton -I rise to a point of order, in regard to which, however, I may be incorrrect. I understand that action has been taken against the Federal Government, or the Minister for Trade and Customs, in connexion with this matter, and I wish to know whether it comes within the same category as a case sub judice. If so, is the discussion in order ?

Mr SPEAKER (Hon Sir Elliot Johnson - If the matter is not already before the Courts, or pending-

Mr Fenton - It is pending.

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