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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The excise tariff proposals covered by the bill are those which were first introduced on the 2nd May, 1940, the 20th August, 1040. tlie 2nd July. 1941, and tlie 29th October, 1941. The two former were reintroduced on the .21st November, 1940, and the 11th December, 1940, respectively.

The proposals which were first introduced on the 2nd May, 1940, embodied increased duties on petrol, and formed a part of a previous government's budget proposals for 1940-41. Those of the 20th August, 1940, gave effect to a previous government's decision to grant protection to local producers of petrol and petrol substitutes from indigenous shale and coal. The proposals of the 2nd July, 1941. provided for the duty-free delivery of locally refined petrol to members of the diplomatic corps located in Australia, consular representatives, &c. Previously, duty-free delivery of petrol to these officials applied only to the imported refined petrol. Those of the 29th. October, 1941, embodied increased excise duties complementary to this Government's budget proposals for 1941-42.

The four schedules mentioned are still in the proposal stage, and it is intended that the period of validation shall be the same as for the customs tariff proposals, namely, until the 31st March, 1942.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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