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Wednesday, 19 May 1993
Page: 798


Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the latest balance of payments deficit, the worst for 3 years, indicates steeply rising imports of consumer goods,

    (ii)the Inquiry into Tariffs and Industry Development by the Australian Democrats has established a clear link between imports and job losses,

    (iii)the unemployment figures for April 1993 show that a further 100 000 Australians have become long-term unemployed, and

    (iv)the Australian Government would be within the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) guidelines if it contained imports through tariffs or quotas, either under the exemptions GATT provides under Articles 12 and 19 or because current tariff levels are below GATT's binding requirements; and

  (b)recommends that the Commonwealth Government, as a matter of urgency, stop further tariff cuts, use emergency quotas and tariffs and provide strategic assistance, including tax incentives to replace imports and boost exports.