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Thursday, 5 March 1942


Mr BEASLEY ("West Sydney) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - I move - [Customs Tariff Amendment (No. 7).]

That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff 1933-1939 be amended as hereinafter set out, and that, on and after the sixth day of March, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to summer time in the Australian Capital Territory, duties of customs be collected in pursuance of the Customs Tariff 1933-1939 as so amended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ifr. Beasley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Customs Tariff (Exchange Adjustment) Amendment (No. 3).]

That on and after the sixth day of March, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to summer time in the Australian Capital Territory, the Schedule to the Customs Tariff (Exchange Adjustment) Act 1933-1939 be amended as follows : - by omitting "130(a)" and "130(b) (1) (ยป) by omitting "289 (a) ". [Customs Tariff (Special War Duty) (No. 3).]

That, in addition to the duties of customs collected otherwise than in accordance with the Act passed to give effect to this resolution, there be imposed on and after the sixth day of March, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to summer time in -the Australian Capital Territory, on all goods (other than goods covered by Items 18, 19, 23 and 229 (c) in the Schedule to the Customs Tariff 1933-1939) entered for home consumption on or after that date, a special war duty of customs at the rate of tcn per centum of the amount of the duties of customs so collected on such goods. [Customs Tariff (New Zealand PREFERENCE) Amendment (No. 4).]

That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) 1933-1934 be amended as hereinafter set out and that, on and after the sixth day of March, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to summer time in the Australian Capital Territory, duties of customs be collected in accordance with the Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) 1933-1934 as soamended. [Customs TARIFF (Canadian PREFERENCE) Amendment (No. 3).]

That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) 1934-1939 be amended as hereinafter get out, and that, on and after the sixth day of March, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to summer time in the Australian Capital Territory, duties of customs be collected in pursuance of the Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) 1934-1939 as so amended.

 

[Excise TARIFF Amendment (No. 5).]

That the Schedule to the Excise Tariff 1921-1939 bc amended as hereinafter set out, and that, on and after the sixth day of March, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to summer time in the Australian Capital Territory, Duties of Excise be collected in pursuance of the Excise Tariff 1921-1939 as so amended.

 

 

 

 

The tariff proposals I have just introduced are almost entirely a reintroduction of the tariff proposals tabled in Parliament in November, 1940, and July, September and October of last year. As the collection of duties under those proposals has only been validated up to and including the 31st March, 1942, it is necessary to take action in order to allow the duties to continue to operate after that date. In view of the more important issues at stake at the present time the Government does not consider the time opportune for Parliament to debate the proposals.

The only new matter in the proposals -consists of amendments to Customs Tariff Items 3 (f) and 208 (p) and

Excise Tariff Items 2 (n) and 11 (c). These amendments do not involve any increase of rates of duty, but are merely alterations of the wording of the items to assist in their administration.

In respect of Excise Item 2 (n) and its counterpart Customs Tariff Item 3 (f), which relate to methylated spirits, the by-Jaw proviso in each case previously read "for power purposes as prescribed by Departmental By-laws ". On this wording relief from duty could only be given in instances of methylated spirits being used for power purposes, but it ha? been demonstrated that certain other users of methylated spirits can present reasonable claims for by-law concession. For instance, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has introduced a new method of shrinking wool, involving the use of methylated spirits. Accordingly, the restrictive incidence of both the Customs and Excise By-law Items has been removed.

With regard to Excise Tariff Item 11 (c) as it is at present worded, some doubt exists amongst technical people as to whether certain types of petrol substitutes are dutiable under the item, as was originally intended. The wording of Item 11 (c) has been so amended as to leave no doubt that such petrol substitutes are classifiable thereunder. The Metropolitan Gas Company of Melbourne has introduced a form of coal-gas as a distillate. It is felt that it should be included in the dutiable range.

There are no other alterations. The Government regrets that the opportunity to discuss these tariff proposals has not presented itself. It appreciates the importance of a full discussion, but I hope that the Opposition will bear with the Government and validate these items in order that another opportunity may be given to the House for discussion.

Progress reported.







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