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Friday, 23 November 1979
Page: 3013

Senator Chipp asked the Minister representing the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice, on 20 November 1979:

Will the Minister consider:

(a)   abolishing the prohibition on importing dual (metric and non-metric) measuring devices; and

(b)   permitting local manufacturers to resume their production in view of the continuing demand for them and the problems caused to manufacturers by their non-availability.

Senator Durack - The Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a)   The prohibition was introduced through the machinery of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations following receipt of a request from the Minister for Science and the Environment who is responsible for metrication matters generally. Consideration is not being given to further amendments to the Regulations.

(   b) This matter does not fall within my jurisdiction.

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