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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Mr LIDDELL (Hunter) . - It seems to me that this clause contains a provision which is not altogether in harmony with the Commerce Act. It provides that if, after examining a sample of any spirits which are under the control of the Customs, a Commonwealth analyst certifies that they are of an inferior quality, and unsuitable for human consumption, the Minister " may " permit them to be exported. It seems to me that under the clause as it stands, a firm might import a quantityof unsuitable spirit, and export it as an Australian production.

Sir William Lyne - There would be no likelihood of such a thing taking place. The word " may " is used,

Mr LIDDELL - It might be construed as having in this connexion the same meaning as " shall."

Sir William Lyne - I do not think that what the honorable member suggests could be done under the Commerce Act.

Mr LIDDELL - It seems to me to be a very dangerous provision.

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