Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Friday, 10 November 1905

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON (South Australia) - I am very anxious that any amendment likely to improve this Bill shall be introduced, but I do not quite follow what Senator Pulsford desires in this matter, lt is provided in this clause that a Customs entry relating to goods shall be a trade description within the meaning of the Bill, and, as .1 understand the amendment, Senator Pulsford' proposes to define what a Customs entry is, In the absence of any further explanation of the honorable senator's intention, I scarcely think that necessary, because a Customs entry is a Customs entry. I am quite sure that Senator Pulsford knows more of the practical or business aspect of these matters than I do, but if his intention is merely to define a Customs entry, I would ask him to consider whether his amendment is really necessary. We are aware that in England a Customs entry relating to goods has, by an amendment of the Merchandise Marks Act. been included as a trade description. A. Customs entry relating fo goods is a well-understood term, and if I am right as to the honorable senator's intention, I would ask him whether he thinks it worth while to press the amendment.

Senator PULSFORD(New South Wales). - I think that the addition of the words proposed would carry the matter further.

I may repeat that the words in question have been drawn up by the ComptrollerGeneral of Customs, who, while expressing the opinion that they, are not needed, has suggested that if the opinion prevails that something of the kind is necessary, they might be accepted in the form of a new clause. I have submitted them as an addition to the clause before the Committee. It appears to me that the possibilities of this very wide term are so great that it would be wise to limit them to the actual terms required.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - I suggest that Senator Pulsford might withdraw his amendment for the present, ' and deal with it under the heading of " miscellaneous."

Senator PULSFORD - I am willing to accept the suggestion.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 4 agreed to.

Progress reported.

Senate adjourned at 4.3 p.m.

Suggest corrections