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TRADE—AUSTRALIAN QUARANTINE AND INSPECTION SERVICE—LICENCE FEES

Senator Kroger, at the request of Senators Ruston, Xenophon and Madigan and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1157—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the significant increase in Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) licence fees for exporters from $500 to $8 350 from 1 July 2012 for horticulture and plants,

  (ii) the disproportionate impact on small and medium exporters,

  (iii) that the licence fees discriminate against and discourage small and medium exporters, and

  (iv) the failure of the Government to successfully negotiate the acceptance of AQIS Approved Officers in many of Australia's export markets; and

 (b) calls on the Government to urgently review the AQIS licence system so as not to discriminate against and discourage small and medium exporters.

Question put and passed.