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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The object of this bill is to validate, up to and including the 31st March, 1942, the collection of duties set out in the customs tariff resolution of the 2nd July, the 25th September, and. the 29th October, 1941. The proposals of the two former dates were introduced by previous governments, and the latter proposal by the present Government. Since this Government took office, time has not permitted the debating of these proposals in Parliament, nor the full consideration of the proposals of the 2nd July and the 25 th September, 1941, by the present Government. This consideration will be given as early as practicable, but unless validation be agreed to, the proposals of the 2nd July, 1941, will lapse as from the 3rd January, 194.2, and the revenue will be seriously affected. The object of including the proposals of the 25th September and the 29th October, 1941, in the present bill, is to bring all. Customs proposals at present before the House into line as regards the period of validation - namely, the 31st March, 1942. I understand that, in dealing with: customs tariff validation bills, the details of the items referred to are not usually discussed, and that the practice "is to allow sufficient time to elapse to permit of a full discussion of the items included in the tariff.

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