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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - Is power given in the Bill toenable the Federal Government to impound any moneys due by Australiantraders to enemy subjects? Manufacturers of woollen goods in the Old Country are owed large amounts by German, firms, because the state of war arose before the date for settlement arrived. Isthere any way by which money due by Australian traders to Germans can be impounded as a kind of set-off? If thereis not, it is about time we acquired the necessary power to bring this about, because up-to-date it would seem that theenemy lias been trading to a large extent upon our resources, and has taken a veryunworthy advantage, especially of manufacturers in the North of England, whohave delivered goods for which they havenever received payment. If any such power is required, the Minister has only lo ask for it, and it will be granted by this Parliament as readily as any of theother powers which he is seeking for in this Bill.

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