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Wednesday, 7 July 1926

Message reported transmitting a copy of a message from His Excellency the Governor-General's Deputy recommending amendments in this bill, and inti- mating that the House of Representatives had agreed to the several amendments, and desired the concurrence of the Senate therein.

Ordered -

That the message be taken into consideration in committee forthwith.

In committee:

Item 6 - Acetone.

Recommended amendment: - Sub-item (b), after " 1st January, 1927," insert " (b) Acetone ".

Senator CRAWFORD(Queensland-

Honorary Minister)[3.11]. - The procedure being adopted in this instance is not altogether new, but is provided for under section 58 of the Constitution. A similar course has been followed on a number of previous occasions, for instance, in connexion with the Customs Tariff Bill of 1921. The second paragraph of section 58 of the Constitution provides that - " The Governor-General may return to the House in which it originated any proposed law so presented to him, and may transmit therewith any amendments which he may recommend, and the House may deal with the recommendation."

Whenever a bill is presented to the Governor-General for assent, His Excellency asks the Attorney-General whether any amendments require to be recommended by him ; and not until the AttorneyGeneral certifies that no amendments need be made does the GovernorGeneral give his assent. The purpose of the procedure is to enable the draftsman, on a final perusal of a bill, to make any formal corrections and consequential amendments which may have become necessary as a result of amendments made, the necessity for which is not apparent till a stage is reached at which the forms of parliamentary procedure make it difficult to correct them in the ordinary way. The amendments recommended are then submitted to the House. These amendments have been recommended to the Governor-General in the ordinary way by the Attorney-General. None of the amendments recommended alters the incidence of the tariff. The amendments which have been agreed to in another place are all directed to removing possible ambiguities, and making the intention of Parliament clear. The first amendment is to insert in sub-item b, after "1st January, 1927," the following- " (b) Acetone", in order to make it clear that the deferred duty provided under sub-item b refers only to acetone. I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

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