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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1726

Mr COHEN (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister for Customs and Excise. Has it been a long-standing practice for oil. companies to be charged with customs and. excise duty on petrol when their tankers take delivery from bonded storage, as at Kurnell for instance, prior to its going into home consumption? Was this practice broken just prior to the Budget so that oil companies paid excise . on; petrol in bonded storage at the pre-Budget rate of 15.3c a gallon? If so, will the Minister explain why? .

Mr CHIPP (HOTHAM, VICTORIA) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - The procedure upon which duty or excise is paid on petrol or other commodities related to- my jurisdiction is at the point at which the goods are entered for home consumption. That would apply both to tariff duties on imports and excise duties on locally produced goods. To my' knowledge, there has : been no change in the procedure relating to petrol or anything else. However," I will look into the matter as the honourable gentleman has requested.

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