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Tuesday, 25 September 2001
Page: 31408

Bill—by leave—taken as a whole.

Amendment (by Mr Cox) proposed:

(1) Schedule 1, before item 1, page 3 (after line 6), insert:

1A After section 22

Add:

23 Independent Public Inquiry

(1) After 30 June 2002 and before 1 January 2003, the Minister must issue terms of reference and establish an independent public inquiry concerning tariff levels and related matters in respect of the automotive industry.

(2) The independent public inquiry must:

(a) examine the need for assistance to promote competitiveness and encourage investment in the automotive industry after the arrangements set out in the ACIS Administration Act 1999 expire; and

(b) consider the appropriate level of import tariffs for vehicles and components.

(3) The independent public inquiry must call for submissions, hold public hearings and commission research to inform its deliberations.

(4) The independent public inquiry may take evidence in private on matters that are commercially sensitive.

(5) The independent public inquiry must deliver its report to the Minister before 31 March 2004.

(6) The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament as soon as practicable after receiving it.