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§ 401. “During the First Five Years.”

The section as framed by the Convention was not limited to the event of Western Australia joining the Commonwealth as an Original State. If she had joined at any time within five years after the imposition of the uniform tariff, it would have operated


  ― 868 ―
for the balance of that period. When the Commonwealth Bill was before the Imperial Parliament, it was apparently taken for granted that this provision was framed on the assumption that Western Australia would be an Original State, and as that event was then doubtful, the words “if that State be an Original State” were inserted. Now that Western Australia is an Original State, the amendment is immaterial.

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