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Monday, 2 December 2013
Page: 581


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (20:45): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

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

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows—

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 is one of two bills to repeal the equivalent carbon tax on synthetic greenhouse gases. These bills are part of the broader legislative package to abolish the carbon tax.

This bill amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995 so that importers of synthetic greenhouse gases and products containing those gases will not incur a liability to pay the equivalent carbon tax for synthetic greenhouse gas and equipment imported after 1 July 2014.

This will reduce costs for businesses using these gases, including for refrigeration and air-conditioning.

Debate adjourned.

Ordered that the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for a later hour.