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Friday, 5 October 1984
Page: 1307

Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry and Commerce) —by leave-I am quite happy to accept that. I only said no to the previous amendment because I did not want any decision of the Government to be pre-empted by the wording of the amendment. I do not have any lack of sympathy personally with what is in it. If Senator Rae moves his amendment in the amended form, we will not vote against it .

Motion (by Senator Peter Rae)-by leave-agreed to.

At end of motion, add ', but, in respect of the Bounty (Agricultural Tractors) Amendment Bill 1984 the Senate is of the opinion that it is important that the Government give urgent consideration in the interests of equity and economic efficiency, to whether-

(a) existing anomalies in relation to duties on diesel engines for tractors and to the application of the bounty for Australian manufactured, or substantially manufactured, agricultural wheeled tractors should be resolved by the removal of the 2 per cent duty on diesel engines imported for incorporation in Australian manufactured, or substantially manufactured, tractors, until such time as Australia's commitments under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade no longer require the imposition of duty on the importation into Australia of diesel engines already installed in completely built-up tractors, and that thereafter the matter should be reconsidered; and further,

(b) until such time as the Government makes a final decision on the long-term future arrangements for the agricultural wheeled tractor industry in Australia, the existing bounty should be extended to all agricultural wheeled tractors manufactured, or substantially manufactured, in Australia'.

Senator Peter Rae —I thank the Senate for granting leave to do that.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time.