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Monday, 2 December 2013
Page: 587

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (20:52): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows—

This bill, which amends the Excise Tariff Act 1921, reduces the increase in excise on aviation gasoline and aviation turbine fuel that is applied when an equivalent carbon tax is applied to Australian manufactured fuels.

An estimated $196 million was raised in 2012-13 by applying the carbon charge to aviation fuel.

This bill will reduce one of the major components of airline costs, which can be passed on to travellers and consumers.

The bill also reduces the act's complexity by removing references and notes associated with the imposition of the carbon tax.

Senator FIFIELD: I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.

Ordered that the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for a later hour.