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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr FORDE (Capricornia) (Minister for the Army) . - by leave - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This bill follows the usual and necessary practice of validating before the expiry of the Parliament the collection of duties of customs under outstanding Customs Tariff Proposals. As will be seen from clause 3 of the bill, the Customs Tariff Proposals which it is desired to validate are. those introduced into the House on Wednesday, the 31st July, 1946. No absolute period of validation has been prescribed in the bill. This follows the course established by a previous bill introduced into the House,' and therefore secures uniformity with validation acts which are at present operative. The position at present is that while the proposals validated by this bill are operative and legal they cannot be incorporated in the Customs Tariff Act until a customs tariff bill has been introduced and passed by Parliament. The introduction of a customs tariff bill will give honorable members the opportunity to debate individual items in the schedule referred to in the present validation bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Harbison) adjourned.

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