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Minister to discuss tariff concessions with industry



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The Hon. John Moore, MP M inister for Industry, Science and Tourism

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Monday. 1 April 1996 / 96

MINISTER TO DISCUSS TARIFF CONCESSIONS WITH INDUSTRY

Federal Industry Minister, John Moore, will meet peak industry bodies to discuss the impact of proposed modifications to the Tariff Concession System (TCS).

During the election campaign, the Coalition confirmed the Labor Government’s decision to abolish the TCS for business inputs. This was identified as one of the measures necessary to help bring the budget into surplus and improve national savings.

The meeting, to be held in Canberra on Thursday 11 April, will include representatives of key stakeholder groups (see attached list). It will be co-chaired by Mr Moore and the Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs, Geoff Prosser. Officials from the departments of Industry, Science and Tourism, Treasury and Customs will also attend the meeting.

"This meeting is an important opportunity for Government to hear the views of those affected by the proposed changes,” Mr Moore said.

“During the election campaign we noted industry concerns about the previous Government’s announcement and indicated that industry consultation would be undertaken before implementation.

“This Government recognises policy changes often entail additional costs for firms which need time to adjust their business operations.

“We aim to better understand these transitional costs and how they might be alleviated.

“The consultations will help identify serious transitional difficulties for industry or consumers stemming from the 1 July implementation date and will enable the Government to consider possible solutions,” Mr Moore said.

Contacts: CMR012

Paul Malone Mr Moore’s Office 06 277 7580

Garry Wall DIST 06 276 1520

Consultations with Industry Associations (Tariff Concession System)

Industry associations invited to attend the meeting on on the Tariff Concession System include:

• Aluminium Development Council

• Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

» Australian Chamber of Manufactures

• Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association

• Australian Food Council

• Australian Information Industry Association

• Australian Shipbuilders Association

• Business Council of Australia

• Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia Ltd

• Customs Brokers Council of Australia

• Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

• Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers

• Heavy Engineering Manufacturers' Association

• Metal Trades Industries Association

• Minerals Council of Australia

• National Association of Forest Industries

• National Farmers Federation

• Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association

• Pulp and Paper Manufacturers Federation of Australia

• WA Chamber of Mines and Energy