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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr HOWSON (Fawkner) (Minister for Air) .- I move-

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill provides for the validation of the collection of certain duties of customs. The duties involved are those which have been collected between the adjournment of Parliament last session and 13th February 1966 inclusive under proposed customs tariff alterations published by " Gazette " notice.

The alterations amend the Customs Tariffs 1965 which ceased to operate after 13th February 1966. They include changes consequent on the adoption by the Government of two reports by the Special Advisory Authority on woven fabrics of glass fibre, and polyethylene monofil and rope, while the balance of the changes give effect to duty reductions to which Australia has agreed under the Free Trade Agreement recently concluded with New Zealand.

Since the Customs Tariffs 1965 has been repealed by the Customs Tariff 1966, which operated from 14th February 1966, there is no principal Act extant that tariff proposals can be introduced to amend to give effect to the " Gazette " notices. Hence this Act will simply validate the collection of duties up to 13th February 1966.

I would stress however that all the amendments were introduced by a " Gazette " notice on 14th February 1966 as amendments to the Customs Tariff 1966. These " Gazette " notice changes will be superseded by tariff proposals which I have already mentioned.

A bill to enact the proposals will also be introduced later this session and this will provide honorable members with the opportunity to debate the changes in the ordinary way. I commend the Bill and ask that it be given a speedy passage.

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