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Wednesday, 15 November 1905

Senator Lt Col GOULD (New South Wales) - This little discussion has made it abundantly clear that the Customs Act applies to all imports, and the only difficulty is in regard to taking samples of goods intended for export. But, after all, is it a matter of such serious moment that we need refuse to assent to the proposal of Senator Best? I should say that there are but few articles of export not embraced in the classes enumerated in clause 15 ; and, under the circumstances, Senator Pearce might very well forego his opposition to the amendment.

Senator Pearce - If there are so few classes of goods outside those enumerated in clause 15, that is a reason for leaving clause 5 as it stands.

Senator Lt Col GOULD .- There may be goods outside those enumerated in clause 15 which require inspection, but they are so few that I question whether there is any necessity to confer the power. After all, it is a matter of policy; and we have practically arrived at an understanding in that regard - an understanding which has a tendency to satisfy, in a small degree,the many doubts and scruples entertained in regard to the measure. I urge Senator Pearce to withdraw his opposition to the amendment, and allow it to be made.

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