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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 798


Mr TUDGE (AstonMinister for Human Services) (19:27): I rise to sum up the debate on the Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 2016. In doing so, I thank the member for Blair for his contribution. The Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 2016 contains four amendments to the Customs Act 1901. The first amendment repeals schedule 1 of the act and moves it to the Customs Tariff Regulations 2004.

Mr Husic interjecting

Mr TUDGE: enabling timelier revisions of the list of countries and places eligible for preferential rates of customs duty—for example, in response to any changes in their level of development. I am being interjected on here, Mr Speaker!

The SPEAKER: As long as you are mindful of the clock!

Mr TUDGE: The second amendment removes expired provisions relating to the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement. The third amendment adds three additional notes to schedule 3 of the act.

Mr Husic: Name them!

Mr TUDGE: These additional notes will ensure that domestic clarification of certain fruits, vegetables and pasta-like goods is consistent with Australia's international obligations following recent decisions by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Husic interjecting

Mr TUDGE: Mr Speaker, I am consistently being interjected on here, which makes it very difficult to complete this important summing-up speech!

The final amendment gives effect to the closure of the Enhanced Project By-law Scheme, announced as part of the 2016-17 budget and effective from 3 May 2016. This amendment recognises the decline in the ability of the scheme to achieve the policy objective. I commend the bill to the House.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.