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SJ No 48 - 04 September 1901



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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

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No. 48.

JOURNALS OF THE SENATE.

WEDNESDAY, 4th SEPTEMBER, 1901.

1. M eeting of S enate.— The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

2. PRAYERS.

3. Customs B ill.—The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee for the further con­ sideration of the Customs Bill. ■ In the Committee,

New Clause 30a inserted to follow Clause 30. New Clause 36a inserted to follow Clause 36. New Clause 37a inserted to follow Clause 37. New Clauses 50 a, b, c, d, e, inserted to follow Clause 50. New Clause 52a inserted to follow Clause 52. Senator Sir F. T. Sargood moved a new Clause 149a, to follow Clause 149, viz.:—

“ For the purpose of calculating the amount of ad valorem duty chargeable on any

article on importation into Australia whether by land or sea when such article has both an inside and outside covering, the value of any inside case covering or material used for the packing of such article shall he added to the value of such article, and such duty shall be payable on the value of such article and such inside case covering or material.” Question—That the new clause proposed to be inserted be inserted—put. Committee divided.

Ayes, 11.

Mr. Best Clemons Dobson Ewing Major Gould Lieut.-Col. Neild Mr. Pulsford

Smith

Sir J. H. Symon Mr. Walker.

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Sir. F. T. Sargood

Teller.

Mr. Keating.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved a new clause 150a to follow Clause 150 :— “ 150a. If the original invoice prepared and issued by the seller or consignor in the country whence the goods were exported cannot conveniently be obtained the Collector may permit to be substituted the original invoice prepared and issued by the last seller or consignor and the invoice

so substituted shall be deemed the genuine invoice, but so that— “ (i.) The Collector shall first be satisfied that the value shown by the invoice of the last seller or consignor is not less than the fair market value in the country of export ascertained according to section one hundred and forty-nine. “ (ii.) The value shown by such invoice shall for the purpose of duty be taken to be the fair

market value of the goods in the country of export ascertained according to section one hundred and forty-nine.”

Noes, 16.

Mr. Barrett Charleston De Largie Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Drake

Ferguson Glassey Higgs McGregor O’Connor O’Keefe Pearce Playford Stewart Sir W. A. Zeal.

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4. Suspension of Committee.— At half-past six p.m. the sitting of the Committee was suspended until half-past seven p.m.

5. R esumption of Committee.—At half-past seven p.m. the sitting of the Committee was resumed.

6. Customs B ill.—Proposed new Clause further considered and agreed to. Senator Sir F. T. Sargood moved a new Clause 154 a to follow Clause 154 :— “ (1) For the protection of the revenue against the undervaluation of goods subject to ad valorem duties any goods entered as of a specified value may at any time before sale to

a person having no knowledge of the entry and subject as may be prescribed be purchased by the Customs at their declared value with an addition of Ten pounds per centum on the amount of such value. “ (2) The purchase shall be effected by the seizure of the goods by an officer and written notice of the seizure given to the owner. .

“ (3) The officer shall remove the goods to a warehouse or some place of security, and the owner shall thereupon be entitled to the purchase money. “ (4) The goods shall become the property of the King immediately on seizure, and shall afterwards be disposed of as may be prescribed or as the Collector may direct.

“ (5) A refund in whole or in part of any duty paid on the goods may be made by the

Collector. “ (6) This section shall not limit or restrict any other power possessed by the Customs relating to the goods.” Question—That the proposed new clause be inserted in the Bill—put. Committee divided.

Ayes, 17.

Mr. Barrett Best De Largie Sir J. W. Downer Mr. Drake

Ferguson Glassey Higgs Keating McGregor O’Connor O’Keefe Pearce

Playford

Lieut.-Col. Sir F. T. Sargood Sir W. A. Zeal.

Teller.

Mr. Smith.

The Vice-President of the Executive Council moved a new Clause 184a to follow Clause 184, viz.:— “ 184a. N o fastening, lock, mark, or seal placed by an officer upon any goods or upon any door, hatchway, opening, or place for the purpose of securing any stores upon any ship which has arrived in any port from parts beyond the seas and which is bound to any other port within the Commonwealth shall be opened, altered, broken, or erased except by authority ; and

if any ship enters any port with any such fastening, lock, mark, or seal opened, altered, broken, or erased contrary to this section the master shall be guilty of an offence against this Act. “ Penalty : One hundred pounds.” To report progress and ask leave to sit again. The President resumed the C hair; and Mr. Best, from the Committee, reported that the Com­ mittee had considered the Bill, and had made progress, and asked leave to sit again. Ordered—That the Committee have leave to sit again to-morrow.

7. A djournment.—The Senate adjourned at twenty-two minutes past ten p.m. till to-morrow at half-past two pan.

8. A ttendance.—Present, all the Members except Senators Lieut.-Col. Cameron, Dawson (on leave), Fraser (on leave), Harney (on leave), Macfarlane, Matheson (on leave), Milieu, and Styles (on leave).

Noes, 10. Mr. Charleston. Clemons Dobson

Ewing

Major Gould Mr. Pulsford Stewart Sir J. H. Symon

Walker.

Teller.

Lieut.-Col. Neild.

E. G. BLACKMORE, Clerk of the Parliaments.

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