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Wednesday, 11 May 1960

Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Air) . - With one exception, to which I will refer later, the proposals give effect to decisions made by the Government following its consideration of a number of Tariff Board reports. As honorable members will remember, the Tariff Board reports concerned dealt with the following subjects: -

Woollen piece goods

Plain clear sheet glass

Antimonial and lead compounds

Electrically operated cloth cutting machines

Marking and stamping devices

Slide viewers, slide projectors and bulb-type flash guns Mosquito repellents Carpenters' planes Human hair clipping machines Abrasives

Circuit breakers and switch units

The shipbuilding industry

Canvas and duck and cotton substitutes therefor

Waterproofed piece goods

Fuel injection equipment

Weighing machines " I " beam axle assemblies

Drafting machines

Air-operated dental drill engines

Gelatine and animal glue

The exception to which I referred relates to an administrative change proposed for the tariff treatment of certain drugs and sugar substitutes which will simplify departmental administration.

Honorable members will remember that for many years it has been the custom to introduce a separate bill to give effect to each individual tariff change, with the result that the Minister charged with this duty has on some occasions had to invite the House to pass a large number of bills. If my recollection is correct, on one occasion they numbered about sixteen.

The inevitable result was that the purpose and meaning of the procedures was lost in the rapid and repetitive movement from first to second and third readings and from the House to committee and back, for one bill after another.

I am glad to tell honorable members that, with the co-operation of the Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Henty) and the assistance of the Attorney-General (Sir Garfield Barwick), these procedures will henceforth be shortened. As from to-day, any number of alterations to any single tariff bill, even though the proposals were introduced on different days, will be embodied in one bill.

It will still be necessary to pass several bills whenever the changes involve customs and preference or excise tariffs. The reason for this is that the Constitution will not allow customs or excise tariffs to be dealt with in the same bill. Also, since the various preference tariffs, for example, the Canadian or New Zealand or Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland preferences, are each contained in a separate basic statute, their amendment requires a separate bill for each tariff.

On this occasion the House will be asked to pass five bills: One dealing with the general customs tariff, three dealing with the preferential tariffs I mentioned, and the fifth dealing with the excise tariff. I commend the proposals to honorable members.

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