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Thursday, 25 August 1983
Page: 314


Mr JOHN BROWN (Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, Minister for Administrative Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce)(4.57) —I move:

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 11 (1983).

The Customs Tariff Proposals I have just tabled relate to proposed alterations to the Customs Tariff Act 1982. Proposal No. 11 (1983), which operates from tomorrow, contains tariff changes resulting from the Government's decisions on recommendations made by the Industries Assistance Commission in its reports on canning fruit and certain iron and steel products and certain alloy steel products. In respect of canning fruit the Government has decided that, except for pineapple, the rate of duty will be 10 per cent, as recommended by the Industries Assistance Commission. Pineapple will be dutiable at 15 per cent until 30 June 1985 and then will be phased in two equal annual steps to 10 per cent.

As already announced by the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Senator Button) , the Government has decided to extend the current tariff quotas on certain hot- rolled flat steel products and stainless steel pipes and tubes to 31 December 1983. These proposals contain the changes required to extend these quotas to the end of the year. On and from 1 January 1984 the steel industry plan is to take effect and further tariff changes in this regard will be introduced later. Three administrative changes are also contained in the proposals. A redundant quota provision relating to plywood is being removed; three amine-function compounds are now being described in their chemically correct names; and tariff sub-item 82.05.4 relating to sockets is being re-expressed to clearly define its scope. A comprehensive summary setting out the nature of the changes has been prepared and is being circulated to honourable members. I commend the proposals to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Peacock) adjourned.