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Horticultural Export Charge Amendment Bill 1994



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Parliamentary Research Service

Department of the Parliamentary Library

Horticultural Export Charge Amendment Bill 1994

Date Introduced: 8 June 1994

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Primary Industries and Energy

Commencement: On the day the Horticultural Levy Amendment Act 1994 commences. The Horticultural Levy Amendment Act 1994 will commence on Proclamation, but no later than six months after Royal Assent.

Purpose

To provide that the charge imposed by the Horticultural Export Charge Act 1987 on certain horticultural products produced in Australian and exported from Australian is not payable if the producer has already paid levy on those products.

Background

The purpose given in the Explanatory Memorandum for the amendments proposed by this Bill is to specify that an export charge is not payable on horticultural products upon which a levy has been paid under the Horticultural Levy Act 1987.

No reason is given by the Government in the Explanatory Memorandum to this Bill for the proposed amendments. However, it may be inferred from the proposed amendments and the current provisions of the Horticultural Export Charge Act 1987 and the Horticultural Levy Act 1987, that the reason for the proposed amendments is to prevent a producer being liable to pay levy twice for the same horticultural products, that is, under the Horticultural Levy Act 1987 and the Horticultural Export Charge Act 1987.

The reader is also referred to the `Background' to the Bills Digest for the Horticultural Levy Amendment Bill 1994.

Main Provisions

A new section 13, dealing with exemptions from charge, will be substituted into the Horticultural Export Charge Act 1987 by clause 3. Proposed subsection 13(1) provides that charge is not payable on chargeable horticultural products if the producer has already paid levy on those products. In addition, the regulations may exempt from charge:

* chargeable horticultural products exported by a specified class of persons; or

* specified subclasses of a class of chargeable horticultural products [proposed subsection 13(2)].

Ian Ireland (Ph. 06 2772438)

Bills Digest Service 21 June 1994

Parliamentary Research Service

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Commonwealth of Australia 1994.

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1994.