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Thursday, 8 June 1989
Page: 3696

Senator PANIZZA(5.38) —I commend the Government for its amendments, which extend the termination date from 12 April to 12 June. As I read this Subsidy Legislation Amendment Bill, this also applies to harvesters. The amendments will have an affect on cultivation equipment, but virtually none on harvesters. This is because no harvesters are being manufactured and certainly none are being sold at this time of the year-except by or to anyone who may have especially tried to take advantage of this small give-away.

I would like to express my concern that this subsidy had only until 30 June 1990 to run-and that date should have been retained because there would have been at least one season for the use of cultivation equipment, and one more for the harvesters. This is because harvesting plant is bought just before harvesting, which is understandable, and seeding plant is bought just before seeding. As far as the harvesters are concerned, this extension until 12 June will bring no benefit because the plant will not have been bought by then. As I said during the second reading debate, I hoped the Government would have considered treating Australian manufacturers in a slightly different way from multinational manufacturers which happen to be operating in Australia for the time being.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


The Bill.