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Thursday, 20 May 1926

Senator Sir VICTOR WILSON - On the 19th March Senator Foll asked the following questions: -

1.   Referring to the replies to my questions of the 4th March, with reference to the importation of German dyes, on whom does the onus rest of furnishing conclusive proof that no similar dyes of British origin are available?

2.   Will the Minister make available the names and respective quantities of German dyes licensed into Australia during the last six months?

3.   Will the Minister state specifically the grounds on winch each of these licences was granted, and what opportunity, if any, was given to British manufacturers in England and/or to their agents in Australia to rebut the German representations that these dyes were licensable?

4.   Will the Minister obtain information as to whether samples were submitted to the licensing authorities here, together with the application to import, and does the licensing department satisfy itself that the goods imported are identical with the dye-stuff for which the licence was granted?

5.   When the licence to import is granted, is there any time limit within which the dyestuff must be landed in Australia; if not, will the Minister arrange for such time limit, following the English procedure?

6.   Will the Minister arrange that . publicity is given, for the benefit of all parties concerned, to applications for licences, and to licences actually granted ?

I am now able to furnish the honorable senator with the following information : -

1.   On the Dye Licensing Committee of the Board of Trade, London.

2.   Following the British practice, it is not considered advisable to publisha list by name of each of the German dyes for which licences to import have been issued.

3.   On the ground that there was no British substitute available, this information being based on the action taken by the British Board of Trade. In cases of doubt, reference is also made to the agents of British companies in Melbourne.

4.   As decisions are based on the practice obtaining in the United Kingdom, samples are not demanded except in instances where there is doubt as to the 'properties and composition of the dye-stulf, or when the departmental decision is objected to by the applicant. It is not the general practice to examine all imported dyes for which licences to import have been issued, 'but occasionally samples are drawn for confirmatory examination on importation.

5.   There is at present no fixed time limit within which a licence must be exercised, but thequestion of fixing a limit of, stay, six months, is under consideration.

6.   See reply to No. 2.

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