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Thursday, 29 March 2001
Page: 25975

Mr TRUSS (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (9:31 AM) —I move:

That the bill be now read a second time.

This bill, together with the Dried Vine Fruits (Rate of Primary Industry (Excise) Levy) Validation Bill 2001, seeks to validate certain regulations that purported to fix retrospectively the rate of the primary industry (customs) and charge (excise) levy on dried vine fruits and for related purposes from 1 January 2000.

The purpose of this bill is to ensure that subsection 48(2) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901,whichinvalidates any regulation that is expressed to take effect at a time before it is gazetted and operates to the disadvantage of any person other than the Commonwealth, is taken not to have applied to schedule 1 of the Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Amendment Regulations 2000 (No. 1) (Statutory Rules No. 236). Amendments to the regulations which facilitated a reduction in the charge rate for dried fruit from $10 to $7 per tonne from 1 January 2000 will be thus validated.

The monetary size of any refunds will be minimal. The bill does not create any new administrative burden for levy payers and the only rights adversely affected are those of the Commonwealth. I present the explanatory memorandum and commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Dr Martin) adjourned.