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Thursday, 23 August 1906

Mr DEAKIN - The answers to the right honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The regulation referred to by the right honorable member does not purport to give the Minister power to prohibit the re-introduction to the Commonwealth of Australian goods, but imposes as a condition precedent to the readmission free of duty of such goods that - " The Minister must be satisfied that the reimportation or bringing back of the goods will not unfairly disturb the market for the goods in Australia generally, or in the place or town where the goods are proposed to be landed."

2.   The regulation was considered to be required by the necessities of trade.

Mr Reid - In the case of Australian goods which have gone away from Australia, and come back to it?

Mr DEAKIN - Yes.

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