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Friday, 21 May 1965

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) .- This Bill provides for the validation until 30th June 1965 of the collection of duties that were introduced by Customs Tariff Proposals during March, April and May of this year. Those proposals conformed to the legal tariff as at that date and are required to continue in operation on and after 1st July. The language used in the proposals, but not the rates, needs to be changed to conform to the new tariff for imports after 30th June 1965. The Act to which these proposals relate is to be repealed after 30th June 1965. The proposals would lapse at that date, but in addition the duties collected would not have been legally imposed without! the enactment of this Bill. It can be seen that this is complementary legislation, to tidy up matters arising out of the Tariff Bill. The changes contained in the proposals covered by this Bill will be reintroduced by notice in the Commonwealth " Gazette " to operate on and from 1st July 1965, which is the date when the new Tariff Act will come into operation. The Senate will have an opportunity to debate those proposals further. Until that time comes, the Opposition is prepared to pass the measure without objection.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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

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