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U.S. STEEL TARIFFS

Ms George, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) condemns the decision of the Bush Administration to impose tariffs and quotas on Australian steel imports;

(2) welcomes the recent backdown on the import of hot rolled coil;

(3) recognises that the US decision makes a mockery of the Administration's free trade rhetoric; and

(4) indicates deep concern about the impact of the decision on:

 (a) employment levels within the steel industry and in the coal and iron ore sectors; and

(b) the dumping of increased volumes of surplus steel.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting, and Mr Baldwin was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed.