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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) - I rise to express my regret at the change which the Minister proposes. I know that the question will be open to reconsideration, but we are now practically asked to express, an opinion favorable to the withdrawal of the Excise duty, while the Customs duty is retained.

Senator Playford - We are asked to do nothing of the sort. We are only expressing the opinion that in 1913 the question ought to be reviewed by Parliament, as it will be reviewed under any circumstances.

Senator PULSFORD - Is the Minister prepared to place before us a Bill to terminate the Customs duty in 1913?

Senator Turley - At this hour of the session !

Senator PULSFORD - There is no provision in the Customs Tariff act to terminate the Customs duty, and, therefore, we shall, by this Bill, simply say that while the Excise duty shall continue only for a certain number of years, the Customs duty shall remain for all time. That is a proposal to which I think the Senate ought not to agree.

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