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Thursday, 14 October 1999
Page: 9718


Senator PATTERSON (1:12 PM) —Senator Cooney, I think that you and I should just do these non-controversial bills with Senator Murray and we would speed up the process of legislation enormously. I thank Senator Cooney for his very succinct speech. I have to agree with you that it is not something that you could make a passionate speech about. The Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1999 proposes to amend the Customs Act in three separate areas. Those areas are: the introduction of an electronic lodgment and payments system for refunds of customs duty, the introduction of a deferral facility and the extension from one year to three years for customs agent licences. I am sure it excites those who are involved, but they are not controversial changes and they are supported by the industry. I commend the bill to honourable senators.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.