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Tuesday, 19 December 1905


Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I informed the Senate this morning that it was my intention to move an amendment on the Excise Tariff Bill, which is now before us again, with a view to institute a sliding-scale in regard to the amount of Excise paid, on the same lines as the sliding-scale in the Bounty Bill. There was an expresson of dissent from some honorable members, and I then said. " I will allow the House of Representatives, under the circumstances, to take it upon itself to say whether there shall be such an amendment or not. I will only now move the insertion of the words " until the 1st day of January, 1913," and another place will have an opportunity of considering whether a modification should be made by it on the lines of the amendment which we made in the Bounty Bill." That was the understanding.


Senator Millen - That is the Minister's version of it, but there may be an honest difference of opinion.


Senator Lt Col Gould - I did not understand that.


Senator PLAYFORD - I certainly told honorable senators that it was my intention to propose a sliding scale in this Bill. I was then met with some expression of dissent. Thereupon I said that I was not very strong upon the matter. My own opinion was that we had better leave the Bill as it stood. I stated that,,- so far as I was concerned, I would not propose a sliding-scale, but would move such an amendment as would enable another place to express -an opinion on the question.


Senator Lt Col Gould - That is the part of the Minister's statement as to which we have no recollection.


Senator PLAYFORD - A modification in favour of a sliding-scale has been moved in another place, and carried without dissention. We are now asked to concur. I think we can agree to the wishes of the other House, and I move -

That the modification made by the House of Representatives in the Senate's request be agreed to.







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