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DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

GOVERNMENT DECISION: TAA REPORT ON GEARBOXES, GEARS AND SHAFT 78/129 COUPLINGS

The M in is te r f o r B u sin e ss and Consumer A f f a ir s , Mr Wal. F i f e , and th e

M in is te r f o r In d u s try and Commerce, Mr P h i l l i p Lynch, announced today th e G overnm ent's d e c is io n on th e Temporary A ss is ta n c e A u th o r ity 's r e p o r t on G earboxes, G ears and S h a ft C ouplings.

The Government had a c c e p te d th e A u th o r ity 's f in d in g t h a t th e re was a need

f o r u rg e n t a s s is ta n c e to p r o t e c t th e A u s tra lia n in d u s tr y pro d u cin g th e s e goods.

As a consequence, d u tie s would r i s e from t h e i r p r e s e n t l e v e l s to 35 p e r

c e n t f o r a l l goods u n d e r r e f e r e n c e . Temporary a d d itio n a l d u tie s would n o t ap p ly to

goods o f New Z ealand o r Papua New Guinea o r i g i n , and a m argin o f p re fe re n c e o f 7i"

p e r c e n t w i l l be m a in ta in e d f o r Canadian gearboxes f a l l i n g w ith in t a r i f f item

8 4 .6 3 .9 9 0 .

The tem porary a d d itio n a l a s s is ta n c e re p re s e n te d an in c re a s e i n g e n e ra l

r a t e s o f duty o f f iv e p e r c e n t on worm g e arb o x es, and 12-g· p e r c e n t f o r a l l o th e r

goods u n d e r r e f e r e n c e . P r e f e r e n t i a l r a t e s w i l l r i s e to g e n e ra l r a t e l e v e l s .

In re a c h in g t h e i r d e c is io n , M in is te r s were m in d fu l o f th e A u th o r ity 's

comments r e g a rd in g th e c o s ts to u s e r s o f g e a rs and th e need to av o id d i s t o r t i o n s

i n c o s ts to u s e r s betw een d i f f e r e n t ty p e s o f g e a r s , w h ile a t th e same tim e enco u rag in g

a c o n tin u a tio n o f in d u s tr y a d ju stm e n t and r a t i o n a l i s a t i o n .

M in is te r s a ls o announced t h a t a re f e r e n c e to th e LAC c o v e rin g th e s e goods

w ill be s e n t i n th e n e a r f u t u r e , r e q u e s tin g a r e p o r t w ith in tw elve m onths.

They p o in te d o u t t h a t th e goods covered were g e n e r a lly i n d u s t r i a l g e a r­

b o x es. G earboxes f o r a u to m o b iles were n o t c o v ered .

(C opies o f th e A u th o r ity 's r e p o r t w i l l be a v a il a b le i n th e n e a r f u tu r e

from A u s tr a lia n Government P u b lis h in g S e rv ic e bookshops i n a l l S ta te c a p i t a l s . )

CANBERRA, A.C.T. 12 O ctober 1978

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