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Friday, 25 June 1937

Senator BRENNAN (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - in reply - I point out to Senator Leckie that the Commonwealth has no control over a substance which is manufactured in a State, and is not exported from that State, either to another State or to a foreign country. The Commonwealth can only take action through its powers of control over exports and imports, but, as I said in my second-reading speech, arrangements have been entered into by the Government with the States in order to effect control over that very limited class of substances which are not intended for export from the State in which they are manufactured. Any State legislation along these lines would be complementary to this legislation; thus the Commonwealth will have powers of control over both imports and exports, and, through the agency of the States, material manufactured in a State, but not sent outside that State, will also be controlled.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

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