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Friday, 18 September 1987
Page: 325

Mr BARRY JONES (Minister for Science and Small Business)(11.15) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Although this is only the fifth of 11 Bills, I assure honourable members that it is downhill all the way from here. The Bill is complementary to the Horticultural Levy Bill, which I have just introduced. Its purpose is to make provision for both the efficient and the effective collection of the levies imposed by that Bill. Essentially, liability for the levies will rest with the growers or other producers of the relevant horticultural products. However, in order to reduce greatly the number of collection points and thus the costs of administering the collection of the levies, the responsibility for their payment to the Commonwealth will, for the most part, be placed with wholesalers, selling agents and processors. The Collection Bill provides for these persons to be given the authority in law to recover the levy payment from their supplying growers.

The Bill also provides for dates on which levies become due for payment to be set by regulation. Collection of existing levies on apples and pears will continue, with the rates set by regulation under the Horticultural Levy Act. Total amounts of levies to be collected will rise over the next few years as the number of partici-pating industries increases. I commend the Bill to honourable members. As I indicated earlier, the explanatory memorandum which I presented in relation to the Horticultural Levy Bill also covers this Bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Miles) adjourned.