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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) . - After the time thathas been wasted in dealing with an amendment of a somewhat frivolous character, I regret to have to delay the Committee by proposing a further amendment. The point has been raised as to whether the goods which may be prohibited under this clause are all goods of a certain class, or the goods of a particular importer who is guilty of dumping them. Some clauses seem to indicate that the goods aimed at are those of the importer who is guilty of dumping, but there are other clauses that appear to relate to all the goods of that class in Australia. Manifestly the intention is to deal with the goods that are being dumped by the importer. I therefore move -

That after the word "goods," where second occurring in paragraph a, sub-clause 5, the words "by the importer or the importers specified in the certificate " be inserted.

The certificate referred to is that of the Comptroller-General.

Senator Keating - Does the honorable member mean to restrict this provision to the particular shipment in question ?

Senator PEARCE - No; to restrict it to the goods mentioned in the certificate.

Senator Keating - Then the honorable senator should use the words " the imported goods," which appear in paragraph a of sub-clause 2.

Senator PEARCE - I do not think that is necessary.

Senator Mulcahy - Might it not be inferred that under the amendment any one else would be allowed to import the goods ?

Senator PEARCE - Any one may import them, so long as he does not dump them. If an importer is guilty of dumping he may be made a party to any proceedings instituted. It is obvious that we do not desire to prohibit the goods of those engaged in legitimate trade. This is not a Bill to interfere with legitimate trade, and I think, therefore, that the amendment is necessary to make it clear that the intention is that goods which are the subject of dumping shall be prohibited. It would be open to the Comptroller-General to include iri his certificate the names of all importers who were dumping goods.

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