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Friday, 3 November 1905

Senator PULSFORD (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice -

Referring to the reply given on 26th October to Senator Pulsford's question with regard to Customs duties on State imports : -

1.   Is it not true that the Commonwealth Government withdrew the appeal to the Privy Council because of the belief that the appeal could not possibly succeed?

2.   What was the amount of costs defrayed by the Commonwealth Government in connexion with the Supreme Court action in New South Wales and the appeal to thePrivy Council which was abandoned?

3.   In what way were these costs debited in the Commonwealth accounts?

4.   Is it not true that the action in New South Wales was accepted on both sides as a test case that was to govern a large number of other cases?

5.   What is the amount of the claims made by New South Wales which are now outstanding?

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