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(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Mr. J. McEwen)

The Minister for Trade, Mr. J. McEwen, announced today

that a temporary duty of 20$ ad valorem would operate as from .

Monday, 18th March,' 1963 on conveyor and elevator "belts or

belting not being wholly of rubber or synthetic rubber.

The temporary duty would be in addition to the normal .

duties but would not be imposed on goods in direct transit to

Australia on 8th February, 1963 which are entered for home consumption

on arrival. ■

Mr. McEwen said that this action was as recommended by

a Special Advisory Authority, Sir Frank Meere, C,B.E., who had

been requested to conduct an inquiry into claims by the Australian

industry that urgent action was necessary to protect the industry

from import competition.

Mr. McEwen said that the question of the industry’s

normal protective needs was already before the Tariff Board

for inquiry and report. The temporary duty would operate

only until such time as the Government took action on the final

report of the Board, he said. .

Copies of the Special Advisory Authority *s report,

which will be tabled in the Parliament, are available from

the Department of Trade, Canberra, and Collectors of Customs in

all States. ' . ■

Canberra, A.C.T.

15th March, 1963· 631/25