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Thursday, 26 September 2002
Page: 4991


Senator TROETH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (12:51 PM) —I thank Senator George Campbell for his contribution to the debate. However, I should point out in answer to his comments that the issues of post-2005 assistance arrangements for the automotive industry and the state of industrial relations in that industry have no relevance to this bill. The bill gives full effect to the government's original stated intention to continue the former duty-free allowance. It allows motor vehicle producers to claim uncapped incentives for the production of utilities, panel vans and pick-ups from the commencement of the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme, and as a consequence it relieves unintended pressure on the modulated element of this program. I am glad that we have agreement on this bill and I commend the bill to the Senate.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.