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IAC report on grapes and wine



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DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS . IflC REPORT ON GRAPES AND UINE 79/147

The Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, Mr Ual. Fife, and the Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Peter Nixon, today announced that the Govern­ ment had decided to leave unchanged the customs duties presently applying to uine, grape must and fresh and dried grapes. They said that uhere applicable

primage duties would be removed and incorporated in the substantive rates.

The Government’s decision follows an examination of the recommendations by the industries Assistance Commission in its report of 31 Duly 1979 on Grapes and Uine. The I AC had recommended that protection for the uine industry should be reduced to a uniform level of 25%, phased in over three years.

The Ministers said that the Government considered the time uas not approp­ riate for a reduction in protection, with excess stocks of uine existing overseas and in Australia, and with the surplus grape problems which had emerged "in recent years. Reduced protection for the uine industry could hamper the efforts

being made by nine producers and grape growers to adjust their production to market requirements.

The Ministers also said that the IAC's suggestions in respect of use in uine of non-grape sugars and the question of more informative, accurate labelling of uine would be examined further in consultation with industry sectors and State and Territory authorities. ·

Imports of Papua New Guinea origin would remain free of duty.

The IAD's report on Grapes and Uine will be available soon from the Australian Government Publishing Service bookshops in the capital cities.

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

25 October , 19f?9.