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Friday, 21 May 1965

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) .- This Bill is designed to amend the Customs Act 1901-1963. It contains amendments which are consequential upon the principal change that was effected in the Customs Tariff Bill 1965. The amendments are technical in nature. One repeals section 131, which relates to the exemption of goods which are the property of the Commonwealth from liability to customs duty. Another repeals section 138, which directs that the higher rate of duty is to be charged whenever goods are classifiable under two tariff items. A further amendment repeals section 139, which provides that substitutes may by ministerial notice be chargeable with duty at the rate applicable to the goods for which they are substitutes. Section 140, which makes provision for the Minister to vary the duties on parts in approved circumstances - this principle is carried forward in clause 22 of the Customs Tariff Bill - is to be repealed. As I said earlier, the measure is consequential upon the Customs Tariff Bill 1965, which provided for the changeover to the Brussels Nomenclature. We give this Bill the same support that we accorded to the earlier measure.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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