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Country of Origin Bill passes Senate

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The Hon. Warren Truss, MR Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs Deputy Leader of the House

Wednesday, 8 July 1998 235/98


Confusion and suspicion about country-of-origin labelling will soon be a thing o f the past, the Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs, Warren Truss, said today, after the Senate passed the Trade Practices Amendment (Country o f Origin) Representations Bill.

“We are about to get an origin labelling system that meets industry and consumer demands for honest and reliable labelling information," Mr Truss said.

“Australian industry and consumers will benefit from the new laws which will ensure that consumers will be in no doubt where the products they are buying have been produced .”

Under the Federal Government’s legislation, the Product o f Australia description will be reserved for items with 100 per cent Australian content or as near to it as possible, while Made in Australia description will be available for items which have incurred the majority o f their cost of production in this country as well as being substantially transformed here.

“The new laws will provide an excellent marketing opportunity for many Australian industries, offering improved job security for thousands of Australian workers.

“A public education campaign will begin soon to explain to consumers and industry the details of the new labelling regime so that they can buy Australian goods with confidence.

“The new laws will also revitalise the well known green and gold kangaroo Australian Made logo, which the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will now administer.

“Confusion and suspicion about labelling will be a thing of the past."

The Bill will return to the House of Representatives next week for final consideration.

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