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Thursday, 5 August 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) .- Whilst I support the bill, I regret the necessity for it. If care had been exercised when the agreement was drafted, there would not have been that necessity. The object of the bill is to tighten up an agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Dominion of New Zealand in connexion with the importation of foreign goods. Under the Customs Tariff Act, as it stands to-day, I believe that importers could, without payment of duty, obtain certain foreign goods from New Zealand after they had remained in that dominion for a certain length of time. Consequently the Commonwealth Treasury might have been deprived of a certain amount of revenue. The Customs authorities have realized the danger, and have suggested the tightening up of the agreement. The insertion of the words " The product or manufacture of the dominion " will prevent that leakage. This Parliament has determined upon a certain fiscal policy, under which duties are imposed on goods that come from other parts of the world. It should not be possible for payment of duty to be evaded, because foreign goods remain for a certain length of time in New Zealand. I support the measure.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time,and reported from committee without request.

Report adopted.

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