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Wednesday, 15 August 1906

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I do not know whether the Ministry have satisfied themselves that this exceedingly high duty will not interfere with the introduction of spirits for perfectly legitimate purposes. I would ask the Prime Minister to give the Committee an assurance that he is satisfied from inquiries by his officers that, as the result of this duty, there will be no unnecessary interference with spirits that ought to be admitted. But for the fact that the proposal has suddenly been made, I should have made independent inquiries with respect to its probable effect.

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