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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2553

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted. There being no objection, leave is granted. (The speech read as follows)-

This Bill provides for the validation until 30 June 1974 of" the duties collected in pursuance of customs tariff proposals introduced into the Parliament since the commencement of the present Parliament and not enacted to date. The tariff changes validated by this Bill relate to Tariff Board reports on acetone derivatives; ethyl methyl ketone; agricultural tractors; cathode ray tubes; cherries; consumer electronic equipment and components; engines, motors, pumps and valves; fire hose; lightning arresters; machine tools for working stone, etc. and wood, etc.; pneumatic hand tools, etc.; New ZealandAustralia Free Trade Agreement- machine tools for working wood, etc.; chain saws (dumping and subsidies); metal plates, etc. for printing purposes; prepared additives for mineral oils, etc.; resins of the propylene type; and synthetic rubber latex; and Special Advisory Authority reports on capacitors; industrial type plastic coated knitted gloves; and phthalic anhydride.

The 25 per cent tariff cut is also validated by this Bill. Subject to the Government's legislation timetable for the autumn session a Customs Tariff Bill could be introduced next May. I commend the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Senator Withers) adjourned.

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