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Wednesday, 31 October 1956


Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Air) . - by leave - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This bill is designed to yalidate, until 30th June, 1957, collections of duty made in pursuance of Customs Tariff Proposals No. 8 and Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) Proposals No. 1, which were introduced into the Parliament by me earlier to-day.

I indicated, when I introduced the proposals, that it would not be practicable to debate the tariff variations involved before the present sitting ends. However, unless proposed tariff alterations are enacted or validated within six months of their introduction, or before the end of the parliamentary session, whichever first happens, the collection of duties, in accordance with the proposals, is open to legal challenge. Therefore, in view of the possibility of Parliament being prorogued before it meets again next year, it is necessary to pass this bill, which I might describe as a machinery measure, to safeguard the position until the opportunity is available to debate the tariff proposals. I commend the bill to honorable members.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Calwell) adjourned.







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