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Tuesday, 16 September 2003
Page: 15287


Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer) (4:18 PM) —I move:

That these bills be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speeches incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speeches read as follows—

NATIONAL RESIDUE SURVEY (CUSTOMS) LEVY AMENDMENT BILL 2002

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

The amendments include provisions to restate the operative and maximum rates of National Residue Survey customs levy on apples and pear 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 range of different packages.

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NATIONAL RESIDUE SURVEY (CUSTOMS) LEVY AMENDMENT BILL (No. 2) 2003

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

The amendments to the National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998 (the Act) will raise the maximum levy rate allowable on honey for the purposes of the Act from the present rate of 0.3 of a cent per kilogram to 0.6 of a cent per kilogram.

The levy recovers the cost of the Honey Industry's residue monitoring program that is required for access to the lucrative European market.

The current operative rate of the National Residue Survey levy is set in the regulations at the maximum allowable rate of 0.3 of a cent per kilogram and is used for residue monitoring on honey exported from Australia.

The amendment is part of a package of strategies being put in place on behalf of the Honey Industry and will allow the Industry scope to expand its operative rate of levy by subordinate legislation where access to further funding for residue monitoring programs may be required at short notice.

There is no plan to increase the operative rate of levy at the moment and any request to do so would only be at the behest of industry and subject to separate approval.

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NATIONAL RESIDUE SURVEY (EXCISE) LEVY AMENDMENT BILL 2002

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 pear 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 range of different packages.

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NATIONAL RESIDUE SURVEY (EXCISE) LEVY AMENDMENT BILL (No. 2) 2003

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

The amendments to the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998 (the Act) will raise the maximum levy rate allowable on honey for the purposes of the Act from the present rate of 0.3 of a cent per kilogram to 0.6 of a cent per kilogram.

The levy recovers the cost of the Honey Industry's residue monitoring program that is required for market access.

The current operative rate of the National Residue Survey levy is set in the regulations at the maximum allowable rate of 0.3 of a cent per kilogram and is used for residue monitoring on honey sold in Australia.

The amendment is part of a package of strategies being put in place on behalf of the Honey Industry and will allow the Industry scope to expand its operative rate of levy by subordinate legislation where access to further funding for residue monitoring programs may be required at short notice.

There is no plan to increase the operative rate of levy at the moment and any request to do so would only be at the behest of industry and subject to separate approval.

Debate (on motion by Senator Crossin) adjourned.