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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator MULCAHY (Tasmania) . - I do not like the Bill, and I do not care to sayanything in defence of it; but I certainly cannot follow the argument of Senator Pulsford. The word " probably " must be left in, it seems to me, because the clause deals with something which may happen in the future. This clause refers to what must be a specific shipment of goods; and it must be a matter of judgment as to what will be the probable effect of their introduction. Can we make the Comptroller-General or the Justice an absolute prophet? This is one of the results which show how absolutely impracticable this measure is. What will happen ? An invoice will be submitted to the ComptrollerGeneral, who will ascertain that certain articles, similar to others manufactured in Australia, have been purchased abroad at a figure so small as to be deemed below the cost of production in the coun try of origin. The Comptroller-General will know that competition will arise, but he cannot tell at what price the importer may sell, and can only assume, from the price abroad, that it will probably be low. If the word " probably " be left out there will be thrown on the Comptroller-General or the Justice the responsibility of determining the question of what may happen in the future.

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