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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4494

Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - by leave - Honourable members will recall that in reply to a recent question in the Parliament I indicated that in accordance with a decision of the Customs Co-operation Council in Brussels as to the appropriate tariff classification of certain work books the Department of .Customs and Excise was obliged to classify these books in a category that carried 574 per cent duty. At the same time I said I would take up the question of the level of duties appropriate to such books with my colleague the Minister for Trade and Industry (Mr Anthony). He has agreed with me that such a rate of duty is inappropriate to books that are, in effect, extensions of conventional text books - at least until the Tariff Board has presented its report on printed books and other products of the printing industry and the Government has had an opportunity to examine the whole question in depth. We are agreed it will be appropriate that 1 use the reserve powers of the Customs Tariff and make such work books a substitute for ordinary text books and thus free of import duty. They will qualify for bounty if printed in Australia subject to the usual conditions governing the grant of bounty. I have today signed a substitute notice to this effect.

Motion (by Mr Swartz) proposed:

That the House lake note of the paperDebate (on motion by Mr Daly) adjourned.

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