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Thursday, 17 July 1930

Senator PAYNE (TASMANIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the Hobart portion of the cargo from overseas in the SS. Markhor was discharged from that vessel and cleared the day before the primage duty of 21/2 per cent. was imposed, and that the Launceston portion of the same cargo was in transit by this vessel to that port when the primage duty came into force?

2.   Will he give instructions that the primage duty be remitted as regards the cargo for Launceston, and thus remove the anomaly of different tariffs applying in the one State to goods arriving by the same vessel?

Senator DALY - The answers are-

1.   No information is available on the point - Such is probably the case.

2.   Under the Customs Act duty must be paid at the rate in force when the goods are entered for home consumption. The department has no alternative but to carry put the law.

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