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Thursday, 13 October 1955


Sir ERIC HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council and Minister for Defence Production) . - I move - [Customs Tariff Amendment (No. 5).]

1.   That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff 1933-1954, as proposed to be amended by Customs Tariff Proposals, be further amended as set out in the Schedule to these Proposals, and that on and after the fourteenth day of October, One thousand nine hundred and fiftyfive, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory, Duties of Customs bo collected in pursuance of the Customs Tariff 1933-1954 as so amended.

2.   That, without prejudice to the generality of paragraph 1 of these Proposals, the GovernorGeneral may, from time to time by Proclamation declare that, from a time and date specified in the Proclamation, the Intermediate Tariff shall apply to such goods specified in the Proclamation as are the produce or manufacture of any British or foreign country specified in the Proclamation.

3.   That on and after the time and date specified in a Proclamation issued in accordance with the last preceding paragraph, the Intermediate Tariff shall apply to such goods specified in the Proclamation as are the produce or manufacture of a British or foreign country specified in that Proclamation.

4.   That any Proclamation issued in accordance with paragraph 2 of these Proposals may, from time to time, be revoked or varied by a further Proclamation, and upon the revocation or variation of the Proclamation, the Intermediate Tariff shall cense to apply to the goods specified in the Proclamation so revoked, or, as the case may be, the application of the Intermediate Tariff to the goods specified in the Proclamation so varied, shall be varied accordingly.

5.   That in these Proposals, unless the contrary intention appears - " Customs Tariff Proposals " mean the Customs Tariff Proposals introduced into the House of Representatives on the following dates, namely : - 26th May, 1955 ; and 8th June, 1955 ; " Proclamation " mean a Proclamation by the GovernorGeneral, or the person for the time being administering the government of the Commonwealth acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, and published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette ; the Intermediate Tariff" mean the rates of duty set out in the Schedule to these Proposals, in the column headed " Intermediate Tariff ", in respect of goods in relation to which the expression is used.

 

 

 

 

[Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) Amendment (No. 3).]

That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) 1934-1054, as proposed to be amended by Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) Proposals introduced into the House of Representatives on the twenty-sixth day of May, One thousand nine hundred and fifty -five, be further amended as set out in the Schedule to these Proposals, and that on and after the fourteenth day of October, One thousand nine hundred and fifty-five, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory, Duties of Customs bo collected in pursuance of the Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) 1934-1954 as so amended.

 

The two Tariff Proposals I have just introduced relate to amendments to the Customs Tariff 1933-1954, and Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) 1934-1954. The amendments proposed by Customs Tariff Proposals No. 5 are, in practically all cases, based upon recommendations made by the Tariff Board in recent reports. At a later stage I shall avail myself of the opportunity to table these reports. The proposed amendments will, as is usual, take effect as from to-morrow morning.

A " Summary of Alterations ", which has been circulated to honorable members, sets out in concise and convenient form the proposed rates of duty as compared with those at present in operation. The proposed amendments are, in most cases, designed to accord increased protection to local industries. The more important of these amendments relate to direct current mill type motors, fuel injection equipment, household aluminiumware, phosphorus derivatives and parts of axle assemblies of the " I " beam type for motor vehicles.

Duty-free admission is proposed with respect to drawings executed by Australian students or Australian artists resident abroad for a period not exceeding seven years, and also film suitable for use only with home cinematographs provided such film is in lengths of about 100 feet or less, was taken abroad by amateur photographers, and depicts items mainly of interest to the photographer and friends in Australia.

The Customs Tariff (Canadian Preference) Proposals No. 3 are complementary to the proposed amendments in Customs Tariff Proposals No. 5 insofar as parts of axle assemblies of the " I " beam type are concerned. Honorable members will be accorded full opportunity, as early as possible, to discuss the proposals concerned.

Progress reported.







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