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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . -Last Friday, when we were discussing the item of malted milk, I submitted a request which I thought would meet the position so far as it relates to infants' and invalids' foods. I now move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend sub-item (c) by inserting after the words "Malted milk" the words "when not used for infants' and invalids' food ".

Senator Reid - How could it be ascertained whether it was or was not so used?

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is a matter of Customs administration, and there are ample powers under the Customs Act to compel importers to absolutely satisfy the authorities that the commodity is to be used for no other purpose.

Senator Crawford - How could the authorities follow the milk once it was taken out of 'bond?

Senator Gardiner - Is there not a Tariff Board to settle all these matters?

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I think Senator Crawford will admit that scores of similar cases arise under the Customs Act, and that the Department is able, by administration, to protect the revenue of the country.

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