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EXPORT MARKET DEVELOPMENT GRANTS AMENDMENT BILL 1985

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-That this Bill be now read a second time-And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Durack, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate condemns the Government for-

(a) its lack of notice to and consultations with exporters in bringing in the legislation and making it effective 6 days after the announcement;

(b) its failure to recognise the commitment of the original scheme to provide grants on the original basis to 30 June 1987;

(c) the uncertainty caused by dividing a year into parts and not recognising the normal financial year ending at 30 June; and

(d) its lack of understanding in disadvantaging small business from competing for grants''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 25

Senators- Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Collard Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Hill Lewis MacGibbon Messner Missen Parer Puplick Rae, Peter Reid (Teller) Short Teague Townley Vanstone Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 31

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coates Colston Cooney Crowley Devlin Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Jones McClelland McIntosh (Teller) Mason Richardson Robertson Sanders Sibraa Siddons Tate Vigor Walsh Zakharov

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Question-That this Bill be now read a second time-put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Senator Vigor, by leave, moved the following amendments together:

Page 10, clause 12, proposed new paragraph 14 (4) (a), lines 1 and 2, leave out the proposed paragraph, insert

""the export earnings of that person-

(i) in that grant year exceed $20,000,000 or

(ii) in the 3 grant years immediately preceding that grant year exceeded $60,000,000.''.

Page 10, clause 12, after proposed new sub-section 14 (4), insert the following new sub-sections:

""(4A) Where a person first submits a claim under section 13, that person shall elect, in that claim, to have that claim determined by the application of sub-paragraph (4) (a) (i) or by the application of sub-paragraph (4) (a) (ii).

""(4B) Where a person makes an election under sub-section (4A), any claim submitted under section 13 by that person shall be determined in accordance with that election.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the amendments be agreed to-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 6

Senators- Chipp Haines (Teller) Mason Sanders Siddons Vigor

NOES, 48

Senators- Aulich Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Black Bolkus Boswell Brownhill Button Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Collard Colston Cooney Crowley Devlin Evans Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Hill Jones Lewis MacGibbon McIntosh Messner Missen Morris Parer Puplick Rae, Peter Reid (Teller) Richardson Robertson Short Sibraa Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walters Watson Withers Zakharov

Amendments negatived accordingly.

Senator Vigor moved a further amendment, viz: Page 11, after clause 15, insert the following new clause:

""15A. The Principal Act is amended by adding after Part II the following Part:

"PART IIA-SMALL EXPORTERS GRANTS

Grants to small exporters

"20A. (1) A person may submit to the Board a plan of proposed eligible expenditure, not exceeding $10,000 in any year, to be incurred by that person during one or more years.

"(2) The Board may approve a plan submitted under sub-section (1), or may approve that plan subject to such modifications of the plan as the Board considers desirable after consultation with the person who submitted the plan.

"(3) Where a person submits a claim under sub-section 13 (1), and the Board has, under sub-section (2), approved, or approved with modifications, a plan relating to the eligible expenditure which is the subject of that claim, this Act has application to that claim as if paragraph 14 (4) (b) were omitted.

"(4) Where a claim to which sub-section (3) applies is submitted after 1 July 1986, notwithstanding any other provision of this Act payment of grant in respect of that claim may be made by quarterly instalments.

"(5) Where the Board has, under sub-section (2) approved, or approved with modifications, a plan submitted under sub-section (1), the person who submitted that plan shall provide to the Board, not later than 12 months after the Board approved, or approved with modifications, that plan, a statement of progress made by that person in exporting eligible goods.'.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the amendment be agreed to-put and negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Colston) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.