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Friday, 13 July 1906

Mr GLYNN (Angas) .-- Throughout the Bill the provisions for prohibition are directed against classes of poods, and this fact has to a large extent inspired the opposition of honorable members on this side of the Chamber. Although an offence may be committed by only one importer of a certain class of goods, all similar articles will be placed under a ban. The power to remove the ban is given, not to Parliament, or to the Justice, but to the Executive only. Six months after a proclamation had been made it might be found that the circumstances ofl the trade had undergone a complete change, and yet the prohibition would1 continue in force. The remarks of the honorable and learned member for Northern Melbourne indicate clearly the harsh character of the provisions of the measure, and I am sorry that he did not at an earlier stage grant us his assistance in toning down their effect. I am glad that he has suggested that the Judge should have power to limit the prohibition to the goods introduced by the offending importer. Under the Bill, as it stands, if one importer of machines, such as harvesters, were competing unfairly, twenty other importers of similar goods operating under perfectly fair conditions, might be prevented from continuing to carry on their business. "

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