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Friday, 4 October 1918
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Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- I had a glance through the Bill when it was first circulated a few days ago, and also at the memorandum, which I received by post this .morning, setting out the alterations proposed to be made in the Act. I know from my experience in the Customs Department that many alterations are needed to bring the Act up to date. The honorable member for Kooyong (Sir Robert Best) will bear me out in that statement, good though this and other similar measures which were passed in 1901 were. These measures were drafted by the late Charles Cameron Kingston, a man who knew as much about drafting, if not more, than any other man who ever sat in this Parliament, and whose work was a model which any Minister or draftsman might well imitate. The Bill, as explained by the Minister, is on right lines. There are some minor matters upon which we shall need explanation in Committee, but I am in favour of the measure being passed as speedily as possible, because it will improve the machinery for the protection of the revenue, and. will prevent unscrupulous traders from getting an advantage over their fellows.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee:

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2 (Amendment of section 4).

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