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Friday, 8 November 1985
Page: 1838


Senator VIGOR(11.58) —by leave-I move that the House of Representatives be requested to make the following amendments:

(1) Page 3, clause 5, at the end of the clause add the following sub-clauses:

`(4) The amount of charge in respect of the registration of a motor vehicle shall not exceed $1,000.

`(5) The amount of charge in respect of the registration of a trailer shall not exceed $400.'

(2) Page 3, after clause 5 insert the following new clause:

Indexation

`5A. (1) In this section-

:`index number', in relation to a quarter, means the All Groups Consumer Price Index number, being the weighted average of the 8 capital cities, published by the Australian Statistician in respect of that quarter;

`relevant amount' means-

(a) the amount specified in sub-section 5 (4), being the amount that the amount of charge in respect of the registration of a motor vehicle is not to exceed; or

(b) the amount specified in sub-section 5 (5), being the amount that the amount of charge in respect of the registration of a trailer is not to exceed;

`relevant year' means the period of 12 months commencing on 1 July 1987 and each subsequent period of 12 months.

`(2) Subject to sub-section (3), if at any time, whether before or after the commencement of this section, the Australian Statistician has published or publishes an index number in respect of a quarter in substitution for an index number previously published by the Australian Statistician in respect of that quarter, the publication of the later index number shall be disregarded for the purposes of this section.

`(3) If at any time, whether before or after the commencement of this section, the Australian Statistician has changed or changes the reference base for the Consumer Price Index, then, for the purposes of the application of this section after the change took place or takes place, regard shall be had only to the index numbers published in terms of the new reference base.

`(4) Where the factor ascertained under sub-section (5) in relation to a relevant year is greater than one, this Act has effect as if for each relevant amount there were substituted, on the first day of that relevant year, an amount calculated by multiplying by that factor-

(a) in a case to which paragraph (b) does not apply-the relevant amount; or

(b) if, by virtue of another application or other applications of this section, this Act has effect as if another amount or amounts were substituted for that relevant amount-the substituted amount or the last substituted amount.

`(5) The factor to be ascertained for the purposes of sub-section (4) in relation to a relevant year is the number (calculated to 3 decimal places) ascertained by dividing the index number for the March quarter immediately preceding that relevant year by the index number for the March quarter immediately preceding that first-mentioned March quarter.

`(6) Where the factor ascertained in accordance with sub-section (5) in relation to a relevant year would, if it were calculated to 4 decimal places, end with a number greater than 4, the factor ascertained in accordance with that sub-section in relation to that relevant year shall be taken to be the factor calculated to 3 decimal places in accordance with that sub-section and increased by 0.001.'.

The two requests for amendment ask for a change in monetary arrangements and hence have to be referred to the other House. The first request sets ceilings for the registration fee of interstate trucks. This has been found to be necessary and very useful for the industry. I thank the Long Distance Road Transport Association for bringing to the notice of both me and the Minister for Transport (Mr Peter Morris) the fact that a number of people run prime movers separately from trailers. We have set a ceiling of $1,000 on the registration fee for a prime mover and a ceiling of $400 on the registration fee for a trailer.

It was with some reluctance that the Australian Democrats agreed to the Government's condition that we index these ceilings using the comsumer price index. Most of the content of the requests handles that indexing process, which is identical to the process used in indexing customs charges and which has been acceptable to the Senate in the past.