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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 892

Mr GARLAND (Curtin) (Minister for Busi ness and Consumer Affairs) - I move:

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 16 (1980).

On 15 August 1980 my colleague the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr Lynch) and I announced the Government's decision on the recommendation made by the Industries Assistance Commission in its report on textiles, clothing and footwear. The Government in deciding not to accept the recommendations of the IAC, because of the loss of employment that would follow from those recommendations, has decided to introduce a new program of assistance for these industries for a period of seven years from 1 January 1982. Tariff changes to implement the new program will be introduced at a later time. However, as an interim measure, it has been decided that a range of products not presently subject to quota should be brought under tariff quota control to ensure the effectiveness of the current assistance arrangements which are to operate until the end of 1 98 1 .

The changes contained in the Tariff Proposals which I have just tabled give effect to the interim arrangements which are to operate on and from Monday, 1 September 1980. The new products now being brought under quota include rainwear; certain plastic and plastic coated apparel; men's contrasting suit sets; woven overalls, not being industrial overalls; knitted tights having a value of $ 1 .80 or more; certain woven undergarments and waist encircling foundation garments; continental quilt covers and bed ruffles; and handicraft towels and towelling products. A comprehensive summary setting out the nature of the changes contained in these Proposals has been prepared and is being circulated to honourable members. I commend the Proposals to the House.

Debate (on motion by Dr Cass) adjourned.

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