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Wednesday, 7 March 1973
Page: 287

Dr J F CAIRNS (Lalor) (Minister for Overseas Trade and Minister for Secondary Industry) - I move:

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 1 (1973)

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 2 (1973)

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 3 (1973)

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 4 (1973)

Customs Tariff Proposals No. 5 (1973)

The Customs Tariff Proposals which I have just tabled relate to proposed amendments to the Customs Tariff and formally place before Parliament, as required by law, tariff changes introduced by Gazette notices since the last Parliament. Honourable members will recall that one of the first acts of the new Government was the removal of the 25c per gallon excise duty on wine. These Proposals include the consequential amendment to the Customs Tariff and remove an equivalent amount of duty on imported wines. Action was taken by Gazette notice of 29th December 1972 to continue for a further 12 months the duties of 42i per cent general tariff, and 25 per cent preferential tariff, on injection or puncture needles. This extension was made to assist the local manufacturer of these needles, Everett Products Pty Ltd. The company believes it can achieve a volume of sales to support a viable manufacturing operation if the duties remain in effect during 1973.

Also included are recommendations by the Special Advisory Authority in respect to phthalic anhydride. Emergency protection is provided by the imposition of a temporary support duty of 90 per cent calculated by reference to the amount, if any, by which the landed duty paid cost of the goods is less than $280 per tonne. Duties of 324 per cent general tariff and 25 per cent preferential tariff on cathode ray tube display terminals continue to apply in conformity with the Government's decision to defer consideration of the Tariff Board's report on these goods pending the Board's report on the electronics industry generally. Honourable members will recall that the United Kingdom-Australia Trade Agreement has now terminated. A first step has been taken by the Government in relation to the dismantling of certain preferences. These changes are included in the proposals. The proposals include further additions to goods eligible for concessional admission under the less developed countries scheme. A change is introduced in relation to the availability of concessional admission on a no-quota basis on certain goods. Also included is a correction of a drafting error in relation to medical or surgical dressings. No duty change is involved and the legal situation now accords with administrative practice. A summary of amendments showing details of the changes contained in the proposals is being distributed to honourable members. I commend the proposals.

Debate (on motion by Mr Chipp) adjourned.

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