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Tuesday, 19 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) .- Will the Vice-President of the Executive Council (Senator Russell) give the Senate some information as to what is the position in regard to the reciprocal trade arrangements between Australia and South Africa? This clause has only now been brought under our notice, and it. seems to repeal everything 'that -has been in existence before, with the . exception of certain particular and peculiar arrangements with South Africa.

SenatorRussell.- Through an oversight, the arrangement with South Africa was terminated.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What particular tradewith South Africa will 'this amendment . affect?

Senator Russell - It applies to quite anumber of commodities that pass between the two countries, and reciprocal arrangements between Australia and South Africa have been in operation for a number of years.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What particular schedule in the Tariff applies to the existing trade arrangements with South Africa ?

Senator Russell - A separate Act was passed by Parliament establishing those reciprocal arrangements.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Thenwe shall have two Tariffs?

Senator Russell - No; when this measure is proclaimed the previous arrangements with South Africa will terminate, and reciprocal arrangements will then be entered into, based on the duties shown under the British preferential or the intermediate Tariff.

Request agreed to.

Clause14 -

Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, where the duty which would be payable on any goods under any Act repealed by this Act or under the Tariff proposals to which the Customs Tariff Validation Act 1917 or the Customs Tariff Validation Act 1919 applies is higher than the duty payable on the goods under this Act, such higher duty, or if more than one, the highest duty, shall be charged, collected and paid to the use of the King for the purposes of the Commonwealth, on all such goods entered for home consumption prior to the date of assent to this Act, and no refund shall be given of any duty paid or deposited at such higher or highest rate, as the case may be :

Provided that no higher duty than that set out in the Schedule shall, in pursuance of this section, be charged on any goods, entered for home consumption prior to the date of assent to this Act; on which, with the consent of the Minister, a duty lower than the higher or highest duty authorised by this section was paid or deposited at the time of such entry.

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