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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr GULLETT (Henty) .- I support the statement of the honorable member for Brisbane (Mr. D. Cameron) that it was the intention of the last Government to make this change. The Minister said that the request has come, in the main, from Queensland. It i3 rather remarkable to hear the Minister dismiss a request on the ground that it comes only from Queensland.

Mr Forde - I take a broad, national view, not a parochial one.

Mr GULLETT - Yes, as on cotton. The question whether a change should be made is, I admit, highly controversial, and the senior officers of the Customs Department, for whose judgment on technical matters I have the greatest respect, have been in favour of the retention of the present practice. After having given full consideration to the matter, however, I have come to the conclusion that this practice i» distinctly unfair to trading interests in the ports at which a ship may call after having first touched at Australia. I believe that, on the whole, the arrangement outlined in the amendment would be more equitable than the present one, and I therefore support the amendment.

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