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Thursday, 8 September 1983
Page: 590


Mr KERIN (Minister for Primary Industry)(4.18) —I move:

Customs Tariff Proposals Nos. 12 and 13 (1983) and Excise Tariff Proposals Nos. 4 to 7 (1983).

The Proposals I have just tabled relate to proposed alterations to the Customs Tariff Act 1982 and the Excise Tariff Act 1921. Excise Tariff Proposals Nos. 4, 5 and 6 (1983) and Customs Tariff Proposals No. 12 (1983) formally place before Parliament, as required by law, tariff alterations made by Gazette notice. Excise Tariff Proposals No. 4 (1983) contain the following alterations: A decrease in the excise duty on stabilised crude petroleum oil from $216.11 to $ 199.97 per kilolitre. This alteration follows the Government's decision to adjust the import parity price for stabilised crude petroleum oil, set on 1 April 1983 to reflect a reduction in the credit term compensation component of the import parity price. The need to adjust the excise rate arises from this alteration together with revised arrangements for the collection of the crude oil levy. These arrangements which operate on and from 1 July 1983 were announced by the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Walsh) on 30 June 1983; an increase in the excise duty on naturally occurring liquified petroleum gas from $36.63 to $48.57 per kilolitre. This change followed a new average wholesale price for naturally occurring LPG being set by the Minister for Resources and Energy in accordance with government policy.

Excise Tariff Proposals No. 4 (1983) are operative on and from 1 July 1983. Excise Tariff Proposals No. 5 (1983) alter the concessional excise tariff treatment available to goods for international organisations following a review of those concessional arrangements. Excise Tariff Proposals No. 5 are also operative on and from 1 July 1983. Excise Tariff Proposals No. 6 decrease the excise duty on lighting kerosene, power kerosene, heating oil and fuel oil as announced by the Treasurer (Mr Keating) on 26 August 1983. The proposals became operative on and from 8 p.m. eastern standard time on 29 August 1983.

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 12 are complementary to Excise Tariff Proposals No . 6 and decrease the customs duty payable on imported lighting kerosene, power kerosene, heating oil and fuel oil. Customs Tariff Proposals No. 12 were operative on and from 8.00 p.m. eastern standard time on 23 August 1983. It will be noted that Customs Tariff Proposals No. 12 are operative back to the time of the introduction of the 1983 Budget changes while Excise Tariff Proposals No. 6 are not. This is because the Customs Act allows concessional Gazette notices to be backdated whereas the Excise Act does not. The excise changes will be backdated to Budget night in a subsequent Bill.

Excise Tariff Proposals No. 7, which operate from tomorrow, alter the concessional excise tariff treatment available to goods for non-diplomatic trade commissioners following a review of those concessional arrangements. Customs Tariff Proposals No. 13 (1983), which operate from tomorrow, contain developing country preference changes resulting from the Government's decisions on recommendations made by the Industries Assistance Commission in its report on certain pigment dyestuffs and colour lakes-developing country preferences.

The Government has accepted the Commission's findings that imports of pigments and colour lakes from India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea are causing injury to the Australian industry. Accordingly, the developing country preference has been withdrawn from these three sources. In future, importations of pigment dyestuffs and colour lakes from these countries will be dutiable at the general rate of 35 per cent.

Proposals No. 13 also include a change relating to textile toys emanating from the Industries Assistance Commission's report on miscellaneous manufacturing group B: Dolls, toys and models. The tariff item relating to such toys is being reworded to include within its scope only those goods that the Industries Assistance Commission intended to be covered. 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 Ruddock) adjourned.