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Thursday, 4 September 1902

Mr KINGSTON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - With every respect to the Victorian court, I do not agree with their decision.

Mr Mahon - But the Minister will have to accept it.

Mr KINGSTON - Certainly not ; there are higher courts. There is no doubt that we are giving effect to the full intention of the Federal Parliament. Upon the8th October last the federal duties were imposed by collection, and we have been collecting them ever since, and we shall welcome the time when the special Tariff ceases. It has been in operation since8th October last, and we do not intend to continue it - and I do not suppose the people of Western Australia would desire it to be continued - one moment longer than is provided for by the Federal Constitution, in view of the imposition of uniform duties since October last.

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