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Wednesday, 29 June 1921

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - Some time ago, we passed a Bill which altered the practice in existence until then with regard to the calculation of tho value of goods for the purpose of assessing duty payable in the case of goods coming into the Commonwealth from countries with a depreciated exchange. As a result of the passing of that measure, or rather of a decision of the High Court then recently given, it was anticipated that there would be claims made upon the Customs Department for the refund of excess payments made under the previous system of calculating prices for duty. I should like to ask if, in the course of the administration of the Customs Department, claims of this kind have been dealt with, and if any are still outstandiug. Can theMinister give us any idea of the amount already refunded to importers because of the altered practice? I am given to understand that claims have been sent incontinuously since the alteration was made, and have been met, though to what extent I am not aware.

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