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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of the Bill now before the House is to amend the present bounty legislation in order to enable bounty to be paid on approved books manufactured by private enterprise for the Commonwealth or a State. Honourable members will recall that in the original legislation introduced into this House in September of last year books produced by, for or on behalf of the Commonwealth or a State were excluded from bounty consideration. Experience in administration of the Book Bounty Act 1969 has shown that books so excluded represent a significant part of the output of local printers and that there exists a risk of a section of this market being lost to lower cost overseas printers.

As the book bounty was introduced originally as an interim measure of assistance to local book manufacturers pending a Tariff Board inquiry and report on the printing industry it would be inconsistent with that policy if the Government did not act to remedy this situation. Production of approved books covered by this Bill will be eligible for bounty payment if manufactured in pursuance of orders dated on or after 21st April 1970. Work done directly by the Commonwealth or State printers will continue to be excluded from the bounty. I commend this Bill to honourable members.

Mr Crean - Before I move the adjournment of the debate, I ask the Minister whether he could supply some details of the nature of the books and value per annum of the books that are printed for the States or the Commonwealth. This seems to be a bit mysterious.

Mr CHIPP - I think that information is available and I will be pleased to supply it to the honourable member if possible.

Debate (on motion by Mr Crean) adjourned.

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