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Thursday, 28 March 1968

Mr NIXON (Gippsland) (Minister for the Interior) - I move:

Customs Tariff Proposals (No. 7) (1968).

Mr Speaker,the Customs Tariff Proposals which 1 have just tabled relate to proposed amendments of the Customs Tariff 1966- 1967 to operate on and from 6th January 1968. These amendments provide for reduced preferential rates for imports from less developed countries within the limits of existing annual quotas. The duty reductions follow the completion of procedures prescribed by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. They will restore to the less developed countries several tariff preferences which disappeared when the normal rates of duty on certain textile items were reduced on 6th January last as a result of the Government's acceptance of recommendations by the Tariff Board. I commend the proposals to the House.

Debate (on motion by Dr J. F. Cairns) adjourned.

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