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Wednesday, 2 March 1932

Mr THOMPSON (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the very heavy withdrawals of American tobacco from bond during the few days that have elapsed since the tabling of the new schedule in this House, will the Minister for Trade and Customs consider whether it is possible for the Government to prevent any further withdrawals until Parliament has dealt with the new tobacco duties?

Mr GULLETT - I suggest that the honorable member is under a misapprehension as to the withdrawals. The total impost paidby importers of tobacco is just the same now as before the alteration was made in accordance with the recommendation of the Tariff Board. Importersare still paying a total of 7s. 6d. per lb. in customs and excise duties. The withdrawals of tobacco from bond have no significance in relation to the revenue.

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