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Tuesday, 12 December 1905

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the statement of the Minister yesterday, and the provisions of this Bill, I think that I shall best be consulting the convenience of the House if I decline to waste any of its time in taking part in an utterly farcical proceeding.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2 -

The heading to Division VIa. Metals and Machinery in the Schedule to the Customs Tariff 1902 is amended by omitting all words from and including the words " To come into operation " to and including the words " sufficiently established," and by inserting the following words in lieu thereof : - " The operation of this division is suspended as to the articles of manufacture specified therein, which (except Iron Galvanized, Plate, and Sheet) are exempt from duty until this Division is brought into operation. "This Division may, by Proclamation, be brought into operation as to any such article from a date specified in the Proclamation. " Provided, however, that no Proclamation bringing this Division into operation as to any article shall be made until the Governor-General is satisfied that the manufacture of the articleor, in the case of a Proclamation bringing this Division into operation as to Scrap Iron or Scrap Steel, is satisfied that the manufacture ofIron or Steel) from Australian ore or material is sufficiently established in the Commonwealth."

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