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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

The Customs Tariff Proposals which I have just tabled relate to proposed amendments of the Customs Tariff 1966. The amendments contained in Proposals No. 1 will operate from 14th February 1966 while the amendments in Proposals No. 2 will operate from 21st February 1966. These proposals formally place before Parliament, as required by law, the changes published by " Gazette " notice on these dates. Honorable members will recall that the Customs Tariff 1966 came into operation on 14th February 1966 and repealed the Customs Tariffs 1965. Therefore it was necessary that these proposals now tabled, which amend the Customs Tariff 1966, pick up the tariff proposals introduced into the House since 28th October 1965, and numbered 8 to 12, and which were not debated before the Mouse went into recess in December, and the " Gazette " notices made after the House went into recess and up to 13th February 1966 which amended the Customs Tariffs 1965.

The tariff alterations in Proposals No. 1 incorporate changes consequent on the adoption by the Government of three reports by the Special Advisory Authority on -

Continuous filament polyamide raw yarns;

Woven fabrics of glass fibre; and

Polyethylene monofil and rope; and the following reports by the Tariff Board on -

Woven cotton fabrics, bed linen, etc.;

Woven man-made fibre fabrics;

Pigments and colour lakes;

Tinned iron and steel hoop, strip, plates and sheets; and

Magnetos and parts.

Proposals No. 1 also includes changes involving the removal of the special preferences previously accorded goods of Rhodesian origin, and changes arising from the completion of international negotiations in respect of mica capacitors, certain measuring, controlling and recording equipment, electric typewriters, safety razors and outboard engines. In addition certain of the changes give effect to duty reductions to which Australia has agreed under the Free Trade Agreement recently concluded with New Zealand. The balance of the amendments in Proposals No. 1 are amendments necessary to improve the translation from the Customs Tariff 1933-1965 to the new Tariff based on the Brussels Nomenclature which operated from 1st July 1965. These changes ensure a continuation of the duty position existing prior to 1st July 1965 and are in accordance with the undertaking given when the new Tariff was introduced last May.

Proposals No. 2, operating from 21st February 1966, provides for tariff changes arising out of the Government's consideration of reports by the Tariff Board on -

Motor vehicles and concessional admission of components; and

Replacement motor vehicle engines and certain replacement parts.

Details of all the tariff alterations in Proposals Nos. 1 and 2 are contained in the Summaries of Tariff Alterations which are attached to copies of the proposals being circulated to honorable members. I commend the proposals to honorable members.

Debate (on motion by Dr. 3. F. Cairns) adjourned.







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