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Thursday, 4 October 1956

Mr Bryant (WILLS, VICTORIA) t asked the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice -

What amounts were collected in customs duties in each State in the years 1954-55 and 1955-56 on goodsimportedbythe by theStategovernmentfor its own use or that of any of its instrumentalities or local-governing bodies?

Mr Osborne (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

Goods imported by State governments are subject to normal rates of customs duty and separate statistics are not kept of such importations. To provide the information sought by the honorable member it would be necessary to examine copies of all entries passed in all States of the Commonwealth over the period concerned. Moreover, the figures so obtained could not be regarded as final as in some instances the goods may have been purchased either through a contractor or from stock previously imported by a commercial firm under their own respective names. In such cases it would be necessary to refer to each State government to ascertain the extent of those importations. For these reasons the honorable member will appreciate that the information he seeks is not readily available.

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