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Thursday, 29 March 1973
Page: 916

Dr J F CAIRNS (Lalor) (Minister for Overseas Trade and Minister for Secondary Industry) - I move:

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 7 (1973)

The Customs Tariff Proposals which I have just tabled relate to proposed amendments to the customs tariff to implement the Government's acceptance of a recommendation by the Special Advisory Authority on capacitors. The changes operate from tomorrow. The Special Advisory Authority found that emergency action is warranted to protect the Australian industry manufacturing capacitors under reference in relation to imports of capacitors of the ceramic, electrolytic and plastic film types. These capacitors are currently dutiable at rates of 45 per cent general tariff and 27½ per cent preferential tariff.

On ceramic capacitors the Special Advisory Authority recommended a temporary addi tional duty of 2c per capacitor. Electrolytic capacitors having a rating not exceeding 100 volts and a capacity of more than 100 microfarads will be subject to a temporary additional duty of 10c per capacitor. A temporary additional duty of 4c per capacitor will apply to plastic film capacitors having a capitance not exceeding 0.1 microfarad. However, a special by-law provision will allow specified quantities of imported plastic film capacitors admission at the normal rates of 45 per cent general tariff and 27½ per cent preferential tariff. Initially, for the 6-month period commencing tomorrow, an importer will be allocated a quota equal to 60 per cent of the numberof plastic film capacitors having a capacitance not exceeding 0.1 microfarad entered for home consumption by him during the 12-month period ended 30th June 1972. Quotas for future periods will be reviewed each 6 months thereafter and adjusted to take account of normal market growth. I commend the proposals.

Debate (on motion by Mr Chipp) adjourned.

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