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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) , - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The main amendments to the Dried Fruits Export Charges Act 1924-1929, which are proposed by this Bill, are consequential to the amendments to the Dried Fruits Export Control Act in the preceding Bill which I introduced into the Senate. They recognise the change which is proposed in the title of the Dried Fruits Control Board by the addition of the word " Australian ", and the substitution of the word " raisins " for the word " lexias ".

The Bill is purely a machinery measure. It does not alter the rate of charge imposed on exports of dried vine fruits which remains at a maximum of one-eighth of a penny pir lb., which is equivalent to 23s. 4d. a ton. The income from this charge presently being levied at the permitted maximum, finances the operations of the Board. I commend the bill to honorable senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator Drury) adjourned.

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