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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Air) . - I move - [Customs Tariff (Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Preference) Amendment (No. 1).]

That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff (Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Preference) 1956-1958 be amended as set out in the Schedule to these Proposals, and that on and after the twentieth day of November, One thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory, Duties of Customs be collected in pursuance of the Customs Tariff (Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Preference) 1956-1958 as so amended.

Mr. Chairman,the tariff proposal which I have now tabled follows as a consequence of the trade agreement with the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, which I have just announced in this chamber.

Under the agreement, Australia has undertaken to accord, as from to-morrow, 20th November, British preferential tariff treatment to the following goods which are the produce or manufacture of the Federation: Non-spirituous essential oils of geranium, jasmine, lemon grass and peppermint; unsweetened lime juice; passionfruit pulp; graphite and plumbago; copper blocks, ingots and pigs; and nicotine sulphate spraying preparations.

At present, all these goods are subject to most-favoured-nation treatment and, except in the case of the copper products and the nicotine sulphate sprays, where there is no difference between the British preferential tariff rates and other rates of duty, this will mean a reduction in the duties payable on the goods. The comparative statement that has been circulated among honorable members shows in detail the existing rates and the proposed rates applicable to the goods. I commend the proposals to honorable members.

Progress reported.

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