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Tuesday, 14 November 1905

Senator MACFARLANE (Tasmania) - I shall certainly vote for the amendment, but I shall vote against the clause as a whole. My objection to it is that it will inflict a considerable hardship on many of our producers. It provides that the producer must give notice to the Customs in accordance with the regulations, and we do not know what regulations will be made. We do know that the Minister may do almost anything he pleases,.

Senator Playford - We cannot know what the regulations will be until they are made. I wish I could tell honorable senators precisely what regulations will be made under this Bill.

Senator MACFARLANE - It is evidently going to be administered with a high hand. When we are asked by exporters to endeavour to secure some modification of this clause we are met by Ministers with a non possimus.

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