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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2346

Mr MacKELLAR (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Trade and Industry. Is it a fact that Australian manufacturers of woven man-made fibres were granted temporary and permanent protection alternatively by the Tariff Board during most of the last decade? Has the temporary protection recently been increased to an average of 1 10 per cent following a decision by the Special Advisory Authority of the Tariff Board? Is it a fact that this decision was arrived at despite the fact that evidence shows that declining markets in Australia for Australian man-made women fabrics is caused mainly by competition from knitted products rather than imported woven products? Will this decision add considerably to the cost of Australian clothing, and is there any time limit to temporary protection?

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Deputy Prime Minister) - What normally happens if an industry can show that it is being harmed by or is under threat from imports is that the matter is then referred to the Special Advisory Authority for tem porary protection, and it is the responsibility of the Special Advisory Authority to report back to the Government within 30 days. But once having received the report and temporary duties having been put on, if a case has been proved, it goes before the Tariff Board for full examination. The time which it takes the Tariff Board to make a recommendation to the Government depends upon the complexities within an industry, but by doing it this way we get a fair and just assessment of the level of protection that is needed for efficient and economic production of goods in Australia.

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