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Tuesday, 12 July 1904

Mr CHANTER (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to ask the Minister of Trade and Customs, without notice -

1.   Whether his attention has been called to the fact that it is alleged that the Customs Tariff is being evaded by the introduction of so-called fresh pork, in a chilled state, from America and New Zealand, upon which no duty is collected?

2.   Is he aware that chilling is the first process of curing hams and bacon, and, therefore, these importations should be classed under the Tariff item, " Bacon and hams wholly or partially cured, duty, 3d. per lb. " ?

3.   Will he cause inquiries to be made into the matter, and in the interest of Australian production, issue instructions to collect the duty - 3d. per lb. - upon similar importations?

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