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Thursday, 5 March 1970

These Proposals also incorporate some tariff changes of an administrative nature only.

Proposals No. 3 operating from 20th October 1969 implements the recommendations of the Tariff Board's reports on -

Drawing, measuring and calculating instruments;

Syringes, injection or puncture needles etc; and

Belts, belting and woven cotton fabrics over 15 ounces per square yard.

Proposals No. 4 operating from 7 th November 1969 implements the Tariff Board's recommendation on chlorine and sodium hydroxide - that is to say, caustic soda. The Government has accepted the recommendation by the Tariff Board for tariff protection by import duty rather than the alternative of providing for protection by duty-cum-bounty. Proposals No. 5 operating from 30th December 1969 implements the recommendations of the Special Advisory Authority in his report on vegetable oils. Temporary duties on a sliding scale basis have been imposed on peanut oil, soya bean oil, rape seed oil, linseed oil, sunflower seed oil, safflower seed oil, cotton seed oil and maize oil. An additional temporary ad valorem rate is imposed an epoxidised vegetable oils.

Proposals No. 6 operating from 1st January 1970 gives effect to changes agreed to by the Australian and New Zealand Governments for the addition of new commodities, principally goods of iron and steel, to Schedule A of the New ZealandAustralia Free Trade Agreement. Also included in Proposals No. 6 are additions to the list of hand made traditional products of cottage industries from developing countries that are granted duty free admission. These Proposals also contain additions to the range of products which arc eligible for concessional admission under the preferential tariff quota system for goods from developing countries. Proposals No. 7 operating from 9th February 1970 implements a report by a Special Advisory Authority on curtain hooks of base metal. He has recommended that an additional ad valorem duty be imposed on imports of these curtain hooks. A detailed summary of the tariff changes involved, giving the previous rates of duty and the new rates now proposed, is being circulated to honourable members. I commend the Proposals to honourable members.

Debate (on motion by Dr J. F. Cairns) adjourned.

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