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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The representations made by Senator Foll and Senator Payne in regard to a relaxation of the imposition of customs duties on gifts brought by tourists from abroad will again be brought under the notice of the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. White). When the Minister investigated the subject eight or nine months ago he found that when there was a relaxation in the direction suggested, serious leakages occurred. The suggestions of honorable senators, if practicable, will be further considered.

The powers of the Commonwealth in the matter of film censorship are somewhat limited. Efforts to get the States to come into line and to adopt the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Constitution, have proved unsuccessful. I understand that the subject is listed for consideration at the next conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers. I am not quite clear that the department has power to remedy the state of affairs of which Senator Allan MacDonald complained. The quality which patrons of pictures or of music desire is a matter of individual taste, and I understand that some exhibitors wish to project a percentage of films to which the honorable senator takes objection.

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - They must have a depraved taste.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - It is a matter of taste. I shall, however, bring the matter under the notice of the Minister to see if anything can be done to reduce the number of objectionable films screened.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Department of Health.

Proposed vote,£116,680.

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