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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) (1:22 AM) . - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The Bill now before the Senate provides for the validation until 30th June 1965, of the collection of customs duties introduced by Customs Tariff Proposals on 18th and 23rd March 1965, 8th April 1965 and 6th and 11th May 1965. These were the Customs Tariff Proposals Nos. 31 to 38 and Customs Tariff (Canada Preference) Proposals No. 4. Honorable senators will appreciate that these proposals, which, as introduced, conformed to the legal tariff at that date, are required to continue to operate on and after 1st July 1965.

The language used in the proposals, but not the rates, needs to be changed to conform to the new tariff for imports after 30th June 1965. As the Act to which these proposals relate is to be repealed after 30th June 1965 these proposals would lapse at that date, but in addition, the duties collected would not have been legally imposed without the enactment of this Customs Tariff Validation Bill. The tariff changes, contained in the proposals covered by this Bill will be reintroduced by notice in the Commonwealth " Gazette " to operate on and from 1st July 1965 and will be included in a tariff bill to be introduced in the next sitting. The proposals will then be debated at an appropriate time. I commend the Bill to honorable senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator 0'Byrne' adjourned.

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