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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2248


Mr BARRY JONES (Minister for Science)(11.05) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The principal purpose of this Bill is to amend the Export Inspection Charges Collection Act 1985 to complement the amendments to the Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charge) Act 1985 which are included in the Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 1987. The Bill amends the provisions in the Export Inspection Charges Collection Act 1985 which prevent the extension of the `continuous registration' initiative to establishments which are subject to establishment registration charge. An explanation of this initiative is given in the second reading speech on the Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 1987. The Bill also makes general consequential drafting changes.

Other effects of the Bill are to replace a provision describing the time within which various charges are to be payable, so as to leave that kind of detail to be specified in regulations, and to remove a provision which will serve no purpose following the entry into force of amendments to the Export Control Act 1982 which are included in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 1) 1987.

The Bill will have no direct financial impact, as the amount of charge collected will not be affected by the amendments. I commend the Bill to honourable members. I point out that I tabled the explanatory memorandum for this Bill with that of the previous Bill, the Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 1987.

Debate (on motion by Mr Spender) adjourned.