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Thursday, 18 September 1958
Page: 1382


Mr McMAHON (Lowe) (Minister for Primary Industry) . - I move -

Interpretation.

1.   - (1.) That in this Resolution, unless the con trary intention appears - " prescribed " mean prescribed by regulations under the Act; " season ", in relation to wheat, mean the period of twelve months, commencing on the first day of October, during which the wheat was harvested; " the Act " mean the Act passed to give effect to this Resolution; " the Board " mean the Australian Wheat Board proposed to be continued in existence by the Wheat Industry Stabilization Bill 1958; " the guaranteed price " have the same meaning as that expression has in the Wheat Industry Stabilization Bill 1958; " wheat products " mean a substance (other than bran or pollard) produced by the gristing, crushing, grinding, milling or other processing of wheat, and include -

(a)   semolina, sharps, wheatmeal, selfraising flour, rice substitutes made from wheat and breakfast foods made from wheat;

(b)   any other commodity produced mainly from other wheat products or from wheat; and

(c)   such commodities, containing a substantial proportion of other wheat products or of wheat, as are prescribed. (2.) That, for the purposes of the Act, wheat or wheat products entered for export, or exported without entry for export, by a person other than the Board in a year commencing on the first day of January be deemed to be, or to be manufactured from (as the case may be), wheat harvested in the season that commenced on the first day of October in the immediately preceding year. (3.) That, for the purposes of the Act -

(a)   the wheat equivalent of any wheat products be the wheat used in, or used in the production of the materials used in, the wheat products; and

(b)   a certificate of the Board specifying the wheat equivalent of a particular quantity of a particular kind of wheat products or the wheat equivalent of particular wheat products be evidence of the facts stated in the certificate.

Charge on export of wheat and wheat products.

2.   That, subject to this Resolution, a charge be imposed, and be levied and paid, on wheat and wheat products exported from the Commonwealth by the Board or any other person, being wheat, or products manufactured from wheat, harvested on or after the first day of October, One thousand nine hundred and fifty-eight, and before the first day of October, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-three.

Rate of the Charge.

3.   - (1.) That the charge be not payable in respect of wheat of a particular season exported by the Board unless the average price per bushel, expressed in Australian currency, obtained by the Board for all wheat of that season exported by the Board exceeds the guaranteed price, and that the rate of the charge per bushel in respect of any such wheat be -

(a)   an amount equal to the excess of that average price over the guaranteed price; or

(b)   One shilling and sixpence, -whichever is the less. (2.) That, in ascertaining the average price for the purposes of the last preceding sub-paragraph, the price obtained in respect of a sale other than a sale of fair average quality bulk wheat free on rails at the port of export be deemed to be the price that would have been the corresponding price for the sale of the same quantity of fair average quality bulk wheat free on rails at the port of export. (3.) That the charge be not payable in respect of wheat of a particular season exported by a person other than the Board unless the prevailing export price per bushel, at the date of entry of the wheat for export (or, if the wheat is exported without being entered for export, at the date of export of the wheat) for fair average quality bulk wheat free on rails at the ports of export, as declared by the Board, exceeds the guaranteed price, and that the rate of the charge per bushel an respect of any such wheat be -

(a)   an amount equal to the excess of the price so declared over the guaranteed price; or

(b)   One shilling and sixpence, whichever is the less. (4.) That a declaration by the Board for the purposes of the last preceding sub-paragraph be deemed to apply in respect of all dates from and including the date of the declaration to and including the date immediately preceding the date of the next subsequent declaration. (5.) That the amount of the charge payable on wheat products be the amount (if any) that would "be payable if the export of the wheat products were the export of the wheat equivalent of the wheat products.

Payment of the Charge.

4.   - (1.) That moneys payable under the Act by a person other than the Board in respect of wheat or wheat products be required (without prejudice to sub-paragraph (5.) of this paragraph) to be paid, on or before the entry of the wheat or wheat products for export, to a prescribed officer in the State or Territory of the Commonwealth from which the export takes place. (2.) That, subject to the next succeeding subparagraph, amounts of charge payable by the Board be required to be paid in quarterly instalments in respect of exports made during the periods of three months ending respectively on the first days of January, April, July and October in each year, and the payment in respect of each such period be required to be made within fourteen days after the end of the period. (3.) That the payment of charge to be made by the Board within fourteen days after the first day of January, One thousand nine hundred and fiftynine, be in respect of all exports made by the Board up to and including that first day of January, being exports in respect of which charge is payable. (4.) That, for the purpose of determining the rate at which charge is payable by the Board in respect of wheat or wheat products exported during a period, the wheat of a season exported by the Board up to the end of that period be deemed to -be -all the wheat of that season exported by the Board, and, when the Board has completed its export of wheat of that season, the necessary adjustment be required to be made. (5.) That the charge in respect of any wheat or wheat products be a debt due to the Commonwealth by the person exporting the wheat or wheat products (whether that person is the Board or another person).

Sales by Board for export.

5.   That, for the purposes of the Act, where wheat is sold by the Board for export or for manufacture into wheat products for export, and the wheat is, or the wheat products are, exported, the Board be deemed to be the exporter of the wheat or wheat products.

Regulations.

6.   That the Governor-General be empowered to make regulations, not inconsistent with the Act, prescribing all matters which by the Act are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Act.

Commencement.

7.   That the Act be expressed to come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported.

Standing Orders suspended; resolution adopted.

Ordered -

That Mr. McMahon and Mr. Harold Holt do prepare and bring in a bill to carry out the foregoing resolution.

Bill presented by Mr. McMahon, and read a first time.







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