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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr HOWARD (Bennelong) (Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs) - Imove:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill provides for the validation until 30 June 1977 of duties collected in pursuance of Customs Tariff Proposals 23 to 26 introduced into the Parliament during the current session and not covered by Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1976 now before this House. Under section 226 of the Customs Act the collection of duties in pursuance of Customs Tariff Proposals is protected against legal challenge for 6 months or until the close of the session of Parliament, whichever occurs first. The introduction and passage of a validation Bill is therefore a necessary machinery measure which takes over from section 226 pending the introduction of a customs tariff amendment Bill which will formerly enact the tariff changes contained in the Proposals.

It is anticipated a customs tariff amendment Bill will be introduced during the autumn session to cover the Proposals included in this Bill. Honourable members will have an opportunity at that time to debate the Proposals or any general questions of Government tariff policies. The tariff changes validated by this Bill relate to the following reports by the Industries Assistance Commission:

Cosmetics and toilet preparations;

Leather and leather substitute products;

ADP equipment and parts; and

Animal foods.

Full details of the changes concerned were supplied to honourable members at the time of introduction of the relevant tariff Proposals. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Young) adjourned.

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