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Thursday, 2 December 1976

The Customs Tariff Proposals I have just tabled relate to proposed alterations to the Customs Tariff Act 1966. Customs Tariff Proposals No. 26 (1976) give effect to the Government's decision on recommendations made by the Industries Assistance Commission in its report on animal foods, etc. The effect of the decision is that minimum rates of duty will apply to imports of prepared animal fodder and certain residues and waste of the food industry. This represents little change to the position previously existing, as most of the products concerned were entered either free of duty or at low rates of duty.

Also included in these Proposals are alterations of a drafting nature arising from the Government's decision to discontinue the system of tariff quotas on certain sheets and plates of iron and steel. A comprehensive summary of the changes which operate from tomorrow is now being circulated to honourable members. I commend the Proposals to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Young) adjourned.

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