19 Jun 2013
House of Representatives
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Part of a package of three bills in relation to rural research and development, the bill amends the:
Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999 to: remove product specific maximum levy rates for research and development and marketing levies; standardise and clarify the industry bodies to be consulted before the minister sets new or changed levies; provide that the maximum levy rate to be imposed is the rate requested by the levy payers; set the levy rate on sugar cane to 70 cents per tonne; and require the minister to take into account recommendations from the sugar industry services body on the rate of the levy on sugar cane in the absence of an industry organisation; and proposed
Sugar Research and Development Services (Consequential Amendments—Excise) Act 2013 to remove the maximum levy rate on sugar cane.