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Thursday, 5 August 1926


Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This measure provides that " brushware" shall be added to the list of goods that may not be imported into or exported from Australia, unless there is attached a trade description in such manner as is prescribed. This will be effected by adding to section 15 of the principal act the words " ; or (g) brushware." The Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 was passed in 1906, and has been in operation ever since. Briefly, that act prohibits the importation into, and the exportation from, the Commonwealth of all goods bearing false or misleading marks as to nature, number, quantity, quality, origin, purity, weight, &c. In addition to this, it authorizes the issue of regulations whereby the compulsory marking or labelling of certain classes of goods, whether imported or exported, can be insisted upon. Those goods are enumerated in section 15, and include -

(a)   articles used for food or drink by man, or used in the manufacture or preparationof articles used for food or drink by man;

(b)   medicines or medicinal preparations for internal or external use; (c) manures ;

(d)   apparel (including boots and shoes) and the materials from which such apparel is manufactured ;

(e)   jewellery;

(f)   seeds and plants.

Regulations under this act which have been issued, require that, so far as imports are concerned, all goods of the classes mentioned must, at time of importation into the Commonwealth, have attached to them in as permanent a manner as is practicable, a true and correct description of their composition or general make-up, also an indication of the country or place in which they were made or produced. This amending bill provides for the inclusion in section 15 of brushware, which is considered necessary in the interests of the Australian' importers, British and Australian manufacturers, but, most important of all, the Australian public. Under this amending measure, regulations can be issued requiring all imported brushware to be stamped with an indication of the country of origin. Australian manufacturers and importers, and Australian representatives of British manufacturers, have already urged the necessity of such action being taken in the interests of the public health. Recently an outbreak of anthrax was traced to a person who had been using a shaving brush imported from an eastern country, and similar cases have been brought under notice on previous occasions. Many imported brushes bear no indication of the country of origin, and it is an easy matter for a seller to offer them to the unsuspecting public as Australian or British goods. If it is made compulsory for imported brushware to be stamped with the name of the country of origin, the public will be protected. As this is a very simple amending bill, I trust that honorable senators will be prepared to discuss it forthwith.







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