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Wednesday, 7 July 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - Although this procedure has been followed on one or two previous occasions, it seems unusual that we should have to consider amendments made on the recommendation of the GovernorGeneral. It suggests that the tariff schedule was not drafted with sufficient care, and that the bill was unnecessarily rushed through Parliament. Although there was ample time in which to discuss the tariff schedule in both branches of the legislature, and the requests made in this chamber, it now appears that it contains some errors. I enter my protest against the procedure, and suggest that in future greater care be exercised in seeing that measures are in proper form before they are finally disposed of. The necessity to follow this course does not reflect credit upon the officers of the Customs Department who have been assisting the Minister.

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