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Thursday, 18 August 2005
Page: 18


Senator MINCHIN (Minister for Finance and Administration) (10:32 AM) —I move:

That these bills be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speeches incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speeches read as follows—

NATIONAL RESIDUE SURVEY (CUSTOMS) LEVY AMENDMENT BILL 2005

The purpose of this bill is to amend the National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998.

The amendments to the National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998 (the Act) will raise the maximum levy rate allowable to 0.10 of a cent per kilogram and to increase the operative levy rate for the purposes of residue monitoring on fresh apples and pears exported from Australia from the present rate of 0.060 of a cent per kilogram to 0.075 of a cent per kilogram. The current operative rate of the National Residue Survey levy is set in the regulations at the maximum allowable rate of 0.060 of a cent per kilogram.

The levy recovers the cost of the Apple and Pear Industry’s residue monitoring program that is required for access to lucrative export markets.

The amendments are part of a package of strategies being put in place on behalf of the Apple and Pear Industry and the increase in the maximum allowable levy rate will allow the Industry further scope to expand its operative rate of levy by subordinate legislation where access to further funding for residue monitoring programs may be required at short notice.

The amendments will commence on or after the first day of the quarter following Royal Assent. If the first quarter starts less than 30 days after Royal Assent the start date will be the second quarter after Royal Assent. This will allow levy payers to be given one month’s notice of the start date of the new levy.


NATIONAL RESIDUE SURVEY (EXCISE) LEVY AMENDMENT BILL 2005

The purpose of this bill is to amend the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998.

The amendments to the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998 (the Act) will raise the maximum levy rate allowable to 0.10 of a cent per kilogram and increase the operative levy rate for the purposes of residue monitoring on all apples and pears, including fresh, juicing and processing fruit, produced in Australia that are sold or used in the production of other goods from the present rate of 0.060 of a cent per kilogram to 0.075 of a cent per kilogram. The current operative rate of the National Residue Survey levy is set in the regulations at the maximum allowable rate of 0.060 of a cent per kilogram.

The levy recovers the cost of the Apple and Pear Industry’s domestic residue monitoring program.

The amendments are part of a package of strategies being put in place on behalf of the Apple and Pear Industry and the increase in the maximum allowable levy rate will allow the Industry further scope to expand its operative rate of levy by subordinate legislation where access to further funding for residue monitoring programs may be required at short notice.

The amendments will commence on or after the first day of the quarter following Royal Assent. If the first quarter starts less than 30 days after Royal Assent the start date will be the second quarter after Royal Assent. This will allow levy payers to be given one month’s notice of the start date of the new levy.

Debate (on motion by Senator Minchin) adjourned.

Ordered that the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for a later hour.