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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - When the sitting was suspended for supper, I had not clearly explained the reason why I submit this request. It is consequential upon the request, which I have circulated. My desire is that vessels for the construction of which contracts were entered into prior to the introduction of this Bill shall be allowed to come in until the period mentioned inthe request, because otherwise hardship might be inflicted. . Whilst I am in favour of the proposed duty every time, I still think that vessels which are under construction may not arrive until the end of the year, and for that reason I hope that the Committee will accept the request.

Request agreed to.

Request (by SenatorNeedh am) agreed to-

That the House of Representatives be requested to further amend the item by inserting after sub-item (e) the following new sub-item : - " (f) Vessels specified in sub-item (b), ordered for the purpose of Australian trade, and for the construction of which a contract was signed within twelve months before1st December, 191 1, provided such vessels arrive in Australia on or before 31st December, 1912, free."

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