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Wednesday, 24 September 1958

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- Mr. Deputy Speaker,the Opposition has given consideration to this measure. It has already passed the Senate without amendment, and as members of the Australian Labour party in the Senate offered no objection to its provisions, we do not pro pose to delay the House very long now in the consideration of it.

The amendments to the principal act made by this bill are not of great importance. They are not of such major importance that many people will be stirred by consideration of them. I should imagine that if they contained a proposal to reduce the duties on whisky, beer, tobacco and cigarettes many people throughout Australia would be greatly interested. The Government, having imposed very heavy increases, in those duties in the little horror Budget of March, 1956, not having reduced the duties in any way since, and, apparently, not proposing to reduce them before the general election, will have to answer before the bar of public opinion on this matter. 1 leave the matter there. As far as this bill is concerned, it can pass, and I do not suppose that any observations will be made about it by any other Opposition member.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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