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Tuesday, 21 August 1906

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - The answers to the honorable and learned member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes. The action taken recently was with a view to prevent large expenditure being incurred in taking evidence in Canada, which would be rendered useless if the Court subsequently decided on the point of law that the Minister's valuation under section 160 of the Customs Act is not subject to review.

As the case is now before the Court, the direction thereof is necessarily in the hands of the prof essional advisers of the Department. I may add that if honorable members will read .what I said they will find that I stated that I should be very .much disposed not. to place any impediment in the way of the company. They, however, did not treat me in the way that they should have done from the beginning, and when a company antagonistic to the interests of Australia fights me I shall fight them.

Mr Reid - Surely they must stand up for their own rights.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - They did not give me a chance.

Mr Johnson - The Minister has done nothing but persecute them.

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