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Joint statement by the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, Hon Wal Fife, M.P. and the Minister for Primary Industry, The Rt. Hon. Ian Sinclair M.P.



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JOINT STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR BUSINESS AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, HON. WAS. FIFE, M.P. AND THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY, THE RT. HON. IAN SINCLAIR, M.P.

INTERIM TARIFF ON ORANGE -JUICE

The Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, Mr Fife, and the

Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Sinclair, announced today that the ■

Government had decided that the tariff of 65 per cent applied in 1977/78

to imports of orange juice should continue to apply up to 30 September 1978.

This action was taken to allow time for the Government to consider

fully recommendations made by the Industries Assistance Commission concerning

future long-term assistance to the whole Australian citrus industry. The .

I A C s final report was received by the Government on 9 June. 1978, but some . ·

time will be.required for detailed consideration of the report and · .. ' ; "

determination of the Government’s attitude to its recommendations. ' - ■ '

' ' The Government had referred the question of long-term assistance to

the IAC in July 1976, after the Temporary Assistance Authority had found that

urgent action was necessary to protect the Australian orange industry against

imports of orange juice.

A system of temporary tariff quotas was implemented in 1976/77 ? and

the 65 per cent tariff rate had been applied for the year 1977/78 following an

interim report by the IAC.

A copy of the correspondence with the Commission on the question of

short-term assistance for orange juice is attached.

CANBERRA, A.C.T

28 June 1978

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Industries Assistance Commission

The Honourable W.C. Fife, MP, Minister for Business & Consumer Affairs, Parliament House, · * ■

CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2600.

Dear Mr. Fife,

In your letter of 19 May 1978, you asked the Commission to issue further interim advice on whether further short-term assistance should be accorded the local production of orange juice from 1 July 1978.

As it is expected that the Commission's report on the Australian Citrus Industry will be forwarded to you within the next two weeks, the Commission recommends that the duty of 65 per cent presently applying to orange

juice falling within Item 20.07 of the Customs Tariff be continued until 30 September 1978.

Chairman Kings Avenue Canberra, A .C .T .

23 May 1978

Yours sincerely,

(W.A. McKinnon)

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