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Friday, 22 May 1970

Screws for wood; and

Weighing machinery and weights.

A copy of this speech is now being distributed to honourable members so that they can, if they wish, read it with me. A short glossary of technical terms is included in the normal detailed summary of tariff changes currently being distributed to honourable members. On centrifuges the Tariff Board has recommended a rate of 30%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 20%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff, except for hydro-extractors of a kind used in laundries where the rates recommended are 40%, ad valorem. General Tariff, and 30%, ad valorem. Preferential Tariff. The recommended rates for hydro-extractors represent a decrease of 15%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and an increase of 2½%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff.

On milk and cream centrifuges and other liquid centrifuges the Tariff Board has recommended that the duties be increased from 7½%, ad valorem, General Tariff and Free, Preferential Tariff. However, Australia's GATT - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade - commitments preclude an increase in the General rate of 7½%, ad valorem, on cream separators and milk clarifiers. unless international negotiations are undertaken. As there is little prospect of local production of these goods negotiations will not. be undertaken and the existing duties will be maintained. On sugar centrifuges the new duties represent a decrease of 17½%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 7½%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff. For other industrial centrifuges, including those for use in the coal and metallurgical industries, the reductions are 25%, ad valorem. General Tariff, and 7½%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff.

Concerning extrusion presses the Tariff Board has recommended increases on the existing duties of 7½%, ad valorem, General

Tariff, and Free, Preferential Tariff. The increases are 22½%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 20%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff. The Board found that the production of extrusion presses is a reasonable development for the local machinery manufacturing industry. It considers that the recommended rates would afford reasonable assistance for the production of these presses, and provide an opportunity for greater utilisation of existing plant capacity. In its report on screws for wood the Board recommended that protective duties of 40% , ad valorem, General Tariff, and 30%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff, should apply. This represents an increase in the level of duties of between 7½%, ad valorem to 20%, ad valorem, General Tariff and about 20% , ad valorem, Preferential Tariff, according to the type of screw affected.

Turning now to the report on weighing machinery and weights. I point out that the Tariff Board recommended that rates of 40%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 25%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff, be applied to spring balances and price computing scales. This recommendation docs not alter the General Tariff rate but increases the Preferential Tariff rate by 7½%, ad valorem. The Board recommended that imports of automatic or continuous weighing machines and checkweighers should be dutiable at rates of 20%, ad valorem. General Tariff, and 10%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff. This represents an increase of 12½%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 10%, ad valorem. Preferential Tariff, for the majority of automatic and continuous weighing machines. The duties on checkweighers are reduced from 40%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 17½%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff. Rates of 20%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 10%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff, have also been recommended for heavy industrial weighing machines. For these machines the new duties mean a reduction of 20%, ad valorem. General Tariff, and 7½%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff.

In respect of light industrial and domestic scales the Tariff Board has recommended rates of 30%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 20%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff. For sensitive balances under reference and weight-count machines these rates constituie an increase over the old rates of 7½%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and Free, Preferential Tariff. For - other light industrial and domestic scales the General Tariff rate has been reduced by 10%, ad valorem, and the Preferential Tariff rate increased by 2½%, ad valorem. The Tariff Board has recommended that weights for weighing machines when imported separately be dutiable at 20%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 10%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff. The new rates represent in the main a reduction of 20%, ad valorem, General Tariff, and 7½%, ad valorem, Preferential Tariff. In its report on factice--


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