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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 64

Mr JOHN BROWN (Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, Minister for Administrative Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce)(10.05) —I move:

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 10 (1983) and Excise Tariff Proposals No. 3 (1983) .

Excise Tariff Proposals No. 3 and Customs Tariff Proposals No. 10 which I have just tabled introduce certain tariff changes foreshadowed by the Treasurer (Mr Keating) in his Budget Speech this evening. The Proposals increase the duties of Excise and Customs on beer, spirits, manufactured tobacco products and refined petroleum products. The increases operate from eight o'clock this evening. The Excise Tariff Proposals also remove duties of Excise on amylic alcohol and fusel oil, playing cards, cigarette tubes, paper and papers and matches. Corresponding amendments are included in the Customs Tariff Proposals to remove the relevant Excise components from the Customs Tariff rates. In addition the Government has accepted the recommendations of the Industries Assistance Commission to simplify the structure of the Excise Tariff on tobacco products which were contained in its report of October 1982 on the tobacco industry and the Excise Tariff Proposals No. 3 reflect this decision. A summary of the alterations contained in the Proposals is being circulated to honourable members. I commend the Proposals to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Shipton) adjourned.