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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1288

Mr KERIN (Minister for Primary Industry)(4.39) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of the Bill is to provide for collection of charge to be imposed as a result of the enactment of the Export Inspection Charge Bill 1985. The person to whom an export permit is issued for goods upon which charge is imposed will be required to self-assess and record the particulars on which the calculation of charge is based. This continues arrangements that already apply for dairy products, dried fruits, eggs, fish and grain. Returns containing these particulars will need to be lodged with the payment of charge at a specified office of the Department of Primary Industry. Twenty-eight days after the month of issue of the export permit will be allowed for payment of the charge. The Bill provides that no further export permit will be granted to an exporter who has not paid charge by the due date in relation to a past permit until payment has been made. Provisions in the Bill dealing with penalty for non-payment of charge, access to premises and recovery of unpaid charge are in similar terms to existing inspection charge collection arrangements for primary products. I commend the Bill to honourable members.

Debate (on motion by Mr N. A. Brown) adjourned.