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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 10269


Mr TRUSS (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (10:09 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to amend the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998.

The amendments include provisions to restate the operative and maximum rates of National Residue Survey excise levy on apples and pears from a per box rate to a per kilogram rate.

The Australian Apple and Pear Growers Association, on behalf of the apple and pear industry, sought government approval to change the method of calculating levy to reflect the changing practices in industry. The proposed amendments will allow for easier calculation of levy on fruit sold in a range of different packages.

I commend the bill to the House and present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Mr Zahra) adjourned.