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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3452

Ms ROXON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (12:32 PM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

As I indicated, I have spoken on the substantive matters in moving the second reading of the previous bill. I simply confirm for the House that the Customs Tariff Validation Bill I am now introducing will ensure that all excise equivalent customs duties demanded or collected before 14 May 2009 because of Customs Tariff Proposal (No.1) 2008 are taken to have been lawfully imposed and lawfully demanded or collected.

This bill is cognate with amendments contained in the Excise Tariff Validation Bill and ensures equivalent treatment for domestically manufactured and imported alcopops.

Validation of the collection of excise equivalent customs duties, before 14 May 2009, under the government’s alcopop measures will mean that importers of these products will not receive a windfall gain and that the government will continue to deliver its current programs tackling binge drinking.

Full details of the Customs Tariff Validation Bill 2009 are contained in the joint explanatory memorandum for the customs and excise tariff validation bills.

Debate (on motion by Mr Dutton) adjourned.

Leave granted for second reading debate to be resumed at a later hour this day.