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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2810

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

This Bill to amend the Customs Tariff 1 966- 1 973 comprises four schedules. The First and Third

Schedules contain tariff changes arising from decisions by the Government on recommendations made in reports by the Tariff Board and the Industries Assistance Commission. The Second and Fourth Schedules provide for the increases in Customs duties on potable spirits and manufactured tobacco products which formed part of the Government's budgetary program. The increases in the latter Schedules relate to imported goods and are complementary to similar increases made in Excise duties on locally produced goods.

All of the changes in the Bill were implemented by Customs Tariff Proposals and have been in operation for some time. I have had prepared a comprehensive summary setting out the nature of the changes in duty rates and the origin of each of the amendments contained in the Bill. This summary is now being circulated to honourable senators. I commend the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Senator Greenwood) adjourned.

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