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Wednesday, 31 July 1946


Mr FORDE (Capricornia) (Minister for the Army) . - I move - [Customs Tariff Proposals No. 1.]

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

 

 

[Excise Tariff Proposals (No. 1).]

That the Schedule to the Excise Tariff 1921-1939 be amended as hereinafter set out, and that, on and after the first day of August, One thousand nine hundred and forty-six, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the- Australian Capital Territory, duties of excise be . collected in pursuance of the Excise Tariff 1921-1939 as so amended.

 

 

The proposals which I have moved contain in a number of instances amendments of an administrative nature, as will be seen from the notes attached to the resolutions which have been circulated to honorable mem bers. No changes in the specific rates of duty under any of the items are involved. I shall, however, comment briefly on some of the proposed alterations.

Customs Tariff items 371, 372 and 373 and ExciseTariff items10b, c, d ande are an extension of concessional duty privileges to the Governor-General, State governors and official representatives of overseas countries. It has been pointed out that representatives of the Australian Government were receiving more favorable treatment in some other countries as regards customs and excise privileges than the representatives of overseas countries in Australia, and the Government has been pleased to introduce the proposed amendment to equalize the treatment. Provision, however, has been made for the Minister to be able to determine that the application of the concessions in customs item 373 a and excise item 10 d shall be conditional on reciprocity.

The other Customs Tariff items 174m, 150 and 393b have been amended for administrative purposes. As regards Excise Tariff item 1, it has been deemed advisable to include a definition of beer in the Excise Tariff. The amendment to excise item 2q will allow hospitals to obtain full benefit of the consessional duty on spirit used by them. Previously duty-free delivery was only permitted for spirit used by hospitals in the manufacture of medicinal preparations, but inquiries showed that many hospitals could not avail themselves of the concession, as they did not possess the requisite manufacturing facilities. Hospitals will now be able to obtain the full benefit of the concession by purchasing from drug manufacturers, who will obtain duty-free delivery of the spirit, provided that manufacture is carried out in a licensed warehouse under excise control.

The amendments to the remaining excise items are fully explained in the notes circulated to honorable members.

Progress reported.







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