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Thursday, 17 February 1977
Page: 195


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

Customs TariffProposals No. 1 (1977).

Customs TariffProposals No. 2 ( 1977).

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 3 ( 1 977 )

Customs TariffProposals No. 4 ( 1977).

Customs TariffProposals No.5 ( 1977).

The Customs Tariff Proposals I have just tabled relate to proposed alterations to the Customs Tariff Act 1966. Proposals Nos. 1 to 3 formally place before Parliament, as required by law, tariff changes introduced by Gazette notices during the last recess. These proposals implement the Government's decision, which I foreshadowed to honourable members in this House on 7 December last year, to take action in selected areas either to remove temporary assistance or to reduce tariff levels where such reductions would not have adverse effects on local industry. In addition, the tariff changes arising from the Government's decision on recommendations made by the Industries Assistance Commission in its report on agricultural tractors are included in Proposals No. 2.

Proposals No. 4 amend the Customs Tariff Act 1966 to meet the duty commitments undertaken by Australia in the recently signed Agreement on Trade and Commercial Relations between Australia and Papua New Guinea. Proposals No. 5 give effect to the Government's decision on recommendations made by the Industries Assistance Commission in its reports on: Calcium carbide; and copper foil; primary shapes produced by rolling, drawing, extruding of non-ferrous metals. A comprehensive summary of the changes contained in Proposals Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 5 is now being circulated to honourable members. I commend the Proposals to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connor) adjourned.







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