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Tuesday, 16 August 1960

Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade) . - by leave - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This is the second of the three measures to which I referred when introducing the Tariff Board Bill. It is complementary to that bill and provides for the collection of customs duties introduced at times when this House is not sitting.

As already indicated, the proposed amendment to the Customs Act will require that a tariff proposal covering the new duties be introduced in the usual manner within seven sitting days after the House next meets. The prerogatives of the Parliament in relation to the imposition of customs duties will thus be preserved. I commend this bill to honorable members.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Ward) adjourned.

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