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Wednesday, 10 June 1903

Sir JOHN QUICK (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Has Inter-State free-trade, as required by law, been thoroughly established ?

2.   Is there any truth in the statement contained in a letter published in the Bendigo newspapers on the 8th inst., that "owing to impossible regulations and tyrannical abuse of necessary statutory powers by the Minister for Customs, free intercourse between the States has been rendered impossible ?"

3.   Have any complaints to the foregoing effect been received by the Minister since the adoption of simplified forms of Inter-State certificates ?

4.   What particulars must be filled in as regards an Inter-State certificate to enable a merchant or storekeeper to transfer goods from one State to another ?

5.   Is it difficult or impossible for an ordinary merchant or country storekeeper to obtain and fill in those particulars?

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