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Thursday, 15 October 2015
Page: 7781

Senator RYAN (VictoriaAssistant Cabinet Secretary) (12:49): I thank Senator Moore for her contribution on these bills, the Customs Depot Licensing Charges Amendment Bill 2015, the Customs Amendment (Fees and Charges) Bill 2015 and the Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 2015. These bills will give effect to the changes proposed as part of the Joint Review of Border Fees, Charges and Taxes. The review focused on identifying whether the government's border charges could be consolidated and improved to better support Australia's future border operations.

The bills increase and restructure import processing charges and introduce new charges in the warehouse and customs broker licensing regimes. The increase in new charges will provide critical funding for improvements in trade and travel facilitation and will support improved security at Australia's border. The changes strike the right balance between supporting Australia's international competitiveness and ensuring the costs of maintaining the integrity of our border are appropriately shared with those who use it. I commend the bills to the Senate.

Question agreed to.

Bills read a second time.