New Australian Anti-Dumping Commission passes the House of Representatives
14 February 2013
Legislation to establish the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission today passed the House of Representatives.
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare said that the Anti-Dumping Commission will start operating on 1 July 2013 and will be principally located in Melbourne.
“The Anti-Dumping Commission was the primary recommendation of the review into Australia’s anti-dumping system led by the Hon John Brumby, the former Premier of Victoria,” Mr Clare said.
The report was released on 27 November, 2012. The government responded to the report in early December. This bill has now passed the House of Representatives less than three months after Mr Brumby’s report was released.
Dumping is the unfair trade practice where imported goods are sold in Australia at prices below their normal value, injuring local businesses and their workers.
Over the past 18 months, the Government has brought to Parliament five tranches of legislation to improve the anti-dumping system. These reforms represent the biggest reforms to the anti-dumping system in a decade.
“More reform is required - and I intend to introduce legislation in the next sitting period to implement further reforms,” Mr Clare said.
The Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Commission) Bill 2013 also amends the Customs Act to create the Commissioner’s role and offer legislative guidance to the Commission’s work.
- The Commissioner will be responsible for decision-making and other anti-dumping related functions that currently rest with the CEO of Customs and Border Protection.
- This Bill confers on the Commissioner all of the powers contained in Part XVB of the Customs Act, currently exercised by the CEO.
- The Bill also sets out the terms and conditions of the Commissioner’s appointment including the term of appointment, disclosure of interests, outside employment, resignation and termination.
- The Bill does not change the responsibility of the Minister for anti-dumping matters.
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