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Wednesday, 1 August 1906

Senator CLEMONS (TASMANIA) asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   By what date must reports of the Tariff Commission be presented in order that the Government may submit them to Parliament for consideration this session ?

a.   Will the Government undertake to submit to the consideration of Parliament all reports received by such date?

Senator PLAYFORD - The answer to the honorable senator's questions is as follows : -

As stated by the Treasurer last night, the Go vernment will submit to Parliament any report whenever presented, provided proper time be afforded them to properly 'consider the recommendations made. In view, however, of the fact that submission to Parliament is only the first step in dealing with the reports, and it being necessary, if possible, both in the interests of the Commonwealth and of private traders, that any items of the Tariff once entered on should be completed, the Government urge that the reports be presented at the earliest possible moment, especially having regard to the advisableness of completing the work of the session by the end of September.

Senator CLEMONS - Arising out of that reply, Idesire to ask the Minister of Defence if he can more closely define his use of the term " proper" in the answer to the first part of my question?

Senator Playford - " Proper " means sufficient, I should imagine.

Senator CLEMONS - Has the Minister no further answer to give?

Senator Playford - That is my interpretation of the meaning of the word.


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