§ Mr. G. W. Hope
observed, that previous to the year 1829 the duties of Van Diemen's Land had been collected by virtue of acts of the Imperial Parliament. In 1829, the colony was separated from New South Wales, and from that time proclamations had been issued, and some doubts were entertained of the legality of the proclamations. An act was passed by the legislature of Van Diemen's Land to remedy the defect. Some question had arisen as to the collection of the duties in 1829 and 1834, and the object of the act was merely to give an indemnity. He therefore, moved for leave to bring in a bill to confirm an act of the Legislature of Van Diemen's Land, for authorising the levy of certain duties of customs and on spirits.