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Thursday, 29 May 1997
Page: 4456

Message received from the Senate transmitting the following resolution agreed to by the Senate on 28 May 1997 relating to the automotive industry:

The need to secure the future of the Australian automotive industry and create an environment which supports a doubling of motor vehicle exports to 100,000 units per year, a trebling of components exports to $3 billion and up to 10,000 new jobs, by establishing a post 2000 assistance regime which:

(a)   ensures that the tariffs on motor vehicles, original equipment and replacement components should not fall below 15% at least until 2005 (while maintaining our commitments under APEC);

(b)   establishes a transparent measure by which the progress of our trading partners in reducing their tariff and non-tariff barriers can be judged;

(c)   reviews the industry's position in 2003 to determine the assistance needed beyond 2005. (In formulating its recommendations, the review to have regard to the progress of our trading partners in reducing barriers to trade and the impact of any policy changes on regional Australia.);

(d)   ensures that the Export Facilitation Scheme is not removed without putting in place a pro gram of equivalent value, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations;

(e)   continues the duty-free allowance to support domestic market value-added; and

(f)   provides measures which ensure a more supportive industrial research and development environment.