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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Debate resumed (vide page 1962).

Mr. CALWELL(Melbourne) [1.13 a.m.J. - This bill, as the Minister for Air (Mr. Osborne) explained some time yesterday, is designed to validate several tariff items so that the Government can prorogue the Parliament. The purpose of proroguing the Parliament, I take it, is to enable us to commence a new session next year, and that past custom will be departed from. I understand that there is some constitutional difficulty that prevents the Government from having a new session each year unless it first validates all the customs proposals that are pending before the Parliament.

Mr Osborne -It is not a constitutional difficulty. It arises under the Customs Act.

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