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Tuesday, 21 May 1985
Page: 2259


Senator PUPLICK(6.19) —Surely it must be known whether legislation is required to introduce inward duty free shopping in Australia. It cannot be that the Government does not know whether legislation is to be introduced. To the best of my knowledge, no legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by the responsible Minister to provide for inward duty free shopping. Assurances have been given in writing by Ministers and assurances were given to the Estimates Committee that legislation would be introduced to provide for inward duty free shopping. Assurances were given in writing by the Minister for Aviation (Mr Peter Morris), the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism (Mr John Brown) and the previous Minister for Aviation, Mr Beazley, that there would be legislation on this matter. The Department told us, when it appeared before the Estimates Committee, that there would be legislation on this matter. Surely it is not now to be said by the Minister that it is under consideration whether this will be introduced by legislation or by some other method, when assurances have been given previously in writing by Ministers and assurances were given to the Estimates Committee that it would be done by legislation.