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Wednesday, 1 November 2000
Page: 21942


Mr TRUSS (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (11:50 AM) —by leave—I move government amendments Nos 1 to 4:

(1) Clause 4, page 6 (after line 9), after paragraph (b) of the definition of marketing amounts, insert:

(ba) amounts a person is liable to pay under subsection 7(1) of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 and received by the Commonwealth on or after the transfer day; and

(2) Clause 4, page 6 (line 20), paragraph (e) of the definition of marketing amounts, after “(b),”, insert “(ba),”.

(3) Clause 4, page 8 (after line 4), after paragraph (b) of the definition of research and development amounts, insert:

(ba) amounts a person is liable to pay under subsection 7(1) of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 and received by the Commonwealth on or after the transfer day; and

(4) Clause 4, page 8 (line 15), paragraph (e) of the definition of research and development amounts, after “(b),”, insert “(ba),”.

The new company will be formed when the assets, liabilities and staff of the existing Australian Horticultural Corporation and the Horticultural Research and Development Corporation are transferred to the new company. A trust is also to be established to hold the reserves of the Australian Dried Fruits Board, which is to be abolished under the legislation. The purpose of the government amendments to the Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Bill 2000 is to provide complete certainty in the transfer of levy funds to the new company. The need for the amendment has arisen because three important categories of agents liable to pay amounts collected under levies were not explicitly included when the legislation was drafted. The three categories of payments to be covered by the amendment include: selling agents, a first purchaser of horticultural products or a buying agent. The amendment requires a change to the definition of `marketing amounts' and `research and development amounts' in the definitions contained in clause 4 of the bill to include reference to subsection 7.1 of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991. I present the supplementary explanatory memorandum, which deals with these changes.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Ordered that the bill be reported to the House with amendments.