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Friday, 5 June 1970

Dr Gun asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

(1)   How many items are there in the Australian Tariff.

(2)   How many items on the Australian Tariff have not been reviewed for a period of 10 years or longer.

Mr McEwen (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Deputy Prime Minister) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Australian Tariff conforms with the Brussels Nomenclature which provides for classification of products in 99 Chapters. Each Chapter is sub-divided, resulting in 1095 Tariff Items. In the Australian Tariffthere is further sub-division, giving a total of 4050 tariff classifications.

(2)   A precise answer to this question is not possible. Many references tothe Tariff Board cover only part of a Tariff Item because the products of an industry under reference may fall within one or a number of Tariff Items, while other goods not under reference may also be covered by theItem or Items.

Since 1st January1960, 521 Tariff Items have been reported on, in whole or in part, by the Tariff Board. A further 40 Tariff Items, or parts of TariffItems are currently under review by the Tariff Board.

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