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Wednesday, 10 May 1939


That paragraph ( 1 ) be omitted with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following paragraph: " ( 1 ) That the schedule to the Customs Tariff 1933-1938, be amended as hereinafter set out, and that, on and after the eighth day of December, One thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory,duties of Customs be collected in pursuance of the Customs Tariff 1933-1938 as so amended".

This is a formal amendment, the purpose of which is to bring the preliminary wording in line with the existing Customs Tariff. When the schedule was first introduced, several other tariff schedules which were before the House had not been enacted, and it was necessary to make reference to them. Those schedules have either now been passed, and form part of the Customs Tariff 1933-1938, or have been specifically covered by a Validation Act. It is necessary now to make a reference to the 1933-1938 tariff only.

Mr Price - Why has the time at Canberra been taken as the standard? We know that the standard time varies in different parts of Australia.

Amendment agreed to.

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