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Wednesday, 28 April 1965

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - [ thank Senator O'Byrne for his remarks. I would like to read from the reference made by the Minister for Trade and Industry (Mr. McEwen) to the Tariff Board, following the examination by the Special Advisory Authority and the imposition of the 2s. 6d. per lb. duty. The date of the reference is 22nd April 1965 and it concerns man made fibres and yarns, tyre cord and tyre cord fabric. The reference begins -

I, John McEwen, Minister of Stale for Trade and Industry, in pursuance of the powers conferred upon me by the Tariff Board Act 1921-62, in the interests of -

(i)   achieving the economic and efficient development of the industries producing and using man made fibre yarns; and (if) avoiding the disruption caused by undue fluctuations in conditions of supply from overseas; do hereby refer to the Tariff Board for enquiry and report, in accordance with Section . 15 of the aforesaid Act, the following questions -

(a)   Whether assistance should be accorded the production in Australia of -

(i)   man made fibres . . . and so on. I repeat that a holding duty has been imposed which will remain until the Tariff Board's report is received by Parliament. The duty could then be removed if no action were taken within a period of three months.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without requests; report adopted.

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