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Thursday, 16 May 1968

Mr SINCLAIR (New England) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Mr Speaker,the Customs. Tariff Bill now before the House provides for amendments to the Customs Tariff 1966-1967. The amendments include those changes made by tariff proposals that were introduced into the last Parliament from 4th October 1967. As that Parliament did not have time to debate the measures, the collection of customs duties in terms of the proposals was validated by the Customs Tariff Validation Act (No. 2) 1967. The Bill now before the House will enable the tariff alterations to be debated. This Bill also includes the changes introduced into Parliament as Tariff Proposals on 21st March, 28th March, 2nd April and 3rd April 1968.

Broadly speaking, the Bill covers changes arising out of fourteen reports of the Tariff Board and three reports by the Special Advisory Authority. Other changes in the Bill include amendments arising out of the completion of inter national negotiations, a further extension of the New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement and some administrative changes to simplify the Tariff. I do not propose to reiterate all that was said at the time of the introduction of each of these proposals but with the concurrence of honourable members I incorporate in Hansard particulars of each of the proposals including the pages in Hansard when the tabling speeches were made.

In addition Hansard extracts relating to these Proposals are available in my office for any honourable member who desires a copy. There is also a summary in some detail covering all the amendments in the Bill which is now being circulated for the information of honourable members. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Charles Jones) adjourned.

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