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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Productivity Commission Report

(Question No. 949)

Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Home Affairs in writing, on 22 March 2012:

In respect of Government's adoption of Recommendation 7.2 of the Productivity Commission Report Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry (9 December 2011), (a) when will the taskforce commence its investigation into low value parcels, (b) is the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service or the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service represented on this taskforce, and (c) when is this taskforce expected to report.

Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The investigation commenced after the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Bill Shorten endorsed the Terms of Reference for the Low Value Parcel Processing Taskforce (the Taskforce) on 16 January 2012. The taskforce delivered its interim report on 30 March 2012.

(b) No, the Taskforce is made up of independent experts. However the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service hosts and chairs the Secretariat which supports the Taskforce.

(c) The final report from the taskforce is due to Government by no later than July 2012.