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Tuesday, 16 August 1960


Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Air) ).- I move- [Customs Tariff Amendment No. 14.]

That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff 1933-1960, as proposed to be amended by Customs Tariff Proposals introduced into the House of Representatives on the nineteenth day of May, One thousand nine hundred and sixty, be further amended as set out in the Schedule to these Proposals, and that on and after the seventeenth day of August, One thousand nine hundred and sixty, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory, Duties of Customs be collected accordingly.

 

[Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) Amendment No. 4.]

That the Schedule to the Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) 1933-1960, as proposed to be amended by Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) Proposals introduced into the House of Representatives on the nineteenth day of May, One thousand nine hundred and sixty, be further amended as set out in the Schedule to these Proposals, and that on and after the seventeenth day of August, One thousand nine hundred and sixty, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory, Duties of Customs be collected in pursuance of the Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) 1933-1960 as so amended. [Excise Tariff Amendment No. 2.]

That the Schedule to the Excise Tariff 1921-1960 be amended as set out in the Schedule to these Proposals, and that on and after the seventeenth day of August, One thousand nine hundred and sixty, at five o'clock, in the forenoon, reckoned according to standard time in the Australian Capital Territory, Duties of Excise be collected in pursuance of the Excise Tariff 1921-1960 as so amended.

 

The Customs Tariff Proposals which I have just introduced were foreshadowed earlier this evening by my colleague the Treasurer (Mr. Harold Holt) during his Budget speech.

Excise duty of 2s. 9d. each is proposed to be removed from Australian-made radio valves and an equivalent reduction is proposed under the Customs Tariff in respect of imported valves which if made in Australia would have been subject to excise duty. Concurrently, the valves are being made subject to sales tax.

Manufacturers of wireless valves have formerly been required to pay excise duty on their products at the time the valves are delivered from the factory. When the valves were used in the manufacture of electronic equipment, sales tax was levied on the value of the equipment less the cost of the valves and this necessitated dissection of the selling cost for sales tax purposes.

The duties now applying to the cinematograph films included in the proposal contain an ad valorem component of 10 per cent, primage duty. Because most commercial films are leased and not sold to exhibitors it has been difficult to determine the appropriate value of such films for purposes of calculating duty. Based on the present arbitrary values determined by invoking the provisions of section 160 of the Customs Act the 10 per cent, primage duty applicable to such films represents approximately Id. per lineal foot. It is proposed to abolish the primage duty and add Id. per lineal foot to the existing duties under the Customs Tariff. This action will return approximately the same amount of revenue and at the same time simplify the procedures for the clearance of films through the customs.

A complementary amendment to the New Zealand Preference Tariff is necessary to preserve to New Zealand the previously existing rates of duty since all goods the produce or manufacture of that country are exempt from primage duty.

I commend the proposals to honorable members.

Progress reported.







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