Bills Digest No. 30   1997-98 Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997


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CONTENTS

Passage History

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1997

Date Introduced: 28 August 1997
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Industry, Science and Tourism
Commencement: Effective on 7 August 1997

Purpose

To amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 so as to raise the rates of import duty on tobacco, tobacco products and petroleum.

Background

The present Bill forms part of a package of nine proposed laws. This package collectively constitutes the Commonwealth's legislative response to a unanimous request from the State and Territory Governments to protect their revenues following the High Court's decisions in Ha & Another v State of New South Wales & Others and Walter Hammond & Associates Pty Limited v State of New South Wales and Others.

A detailed 'background' is provided in the Bills Digest for the Franchise Fees Windfall Tax (Collection) Bill 1997.

Under the post Ha and Hammond safety net arrangements, there will be uniform increases in existing Commonwealth taxes on liquor, petroleum products and on tobacco and tobacco products. All funds raised by the Commonwealth (net of administrative expenses) are to be returned to the States and Territories.

The present Bill provides for customs duty on tobacco and certain tobacco products to rise from $84.27 per kilogram to $251.27 per kilogram.

Similarly, the rate of duty applying to imported petroleum products currently dutiable under the Customs Tariff Act 1995, is to be increased. The increase in the rate of duty on petroleum products is 8.1 cents per litre.

Main Provisions

Items 1-3 of Schedule 1 deal with the customs increases on tobacco and certain tobacco products.

Items 4-9 of Schedule 1 deal with the customs increases on petroleum products.

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2 September 1997
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