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Wednesday, 17 June 1903

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - A few days ago I directed attention to the case of a Mr. Goldring, a merchant in 'Sydney, who had his books and invoices, together with the goods to which the invoices related, impounded by the Customs Department. Mr. Goldring offered to pay the whole of tine duty demanded by the Customs authorities, or to enter into any bond that they might require, if they would deliver the goods and restore him his books and invoices. Notwithstanding all his applications, he has not received the goods or other property, which have been in possession of the Customs Department since 17th November last. I can only speak from the facts submitted to me, but I venture to say that it is only right that Mr. Goldring should have some explanation given to him as to the cause of the delay.

Mr Deakin - The honorable member knows Mr. Goldring is suing us for the restitution of his property.

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - But I desire information with regard to the whole of the facts of the case. I believe that Mr. Goldring is suing for the return of the amount over-paid 'to the Customs Department. If. I am wrongly advised, the Attorney-General can correct me, but I think--

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