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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 359

(Question No. 286)

Senator Mason asked the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, upon notice, on 10 May 1985:

(1) Could the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce confirm that Item 19 of Consolidated By-law No. 8255510, dealing with tariffs on the importing of parts for vintage and veteran motor vehicles, expires on 30 June 1985.

(2) Has any directive to replace or extend the by-law referred to in (1) above been made as yet; if so, what is the new rate(s) applicable and what method is applied to calculate this rate; if not, could the Minister explain the likely impact upon a highly specialised Australian service industry with limited lines of supply, of the uncertainty created by not being able to plan more than a few weeks ahead due to departmental bureaucracy.

Senator Button —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) (i) No; (ii) Provision exists under Part XVA of the Customs Act for Tariff Concession Orders to be issued where goods are not produced and are not capable of being produced in Australia in the normal course of business. The duty rate under a Tariff Concession is 2 per cent which is the same as that which applied under By-law 8255510. The changeover from the By-law System to the Tariff Concession System was announced in 1983 and has been extensively advertised by the Department. The Australian Customs Service is processing applications for concessions in accordance with this legislation.