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Tuesday, 8 November 1983
Page: 2452

Question No. 546

Mr Spender asked the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 20 September 1983:

Is he able to say whether some travel agents have been paid commissions by certain airline companies involved in international air travel of up to 27 per cent of the cost of the sale of a first class ticket; if so, can he advise (a) which airlines have been providing these commissions, (b) for what reasons, and (c) whether the commissions are wholly retained by the agents concerned or are to some extent passed on to persons purchasing first class tickets by way of rebates or discounts, or otherwise as financial benefits relating to the purchase of tickets.

Mr Beazley —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I am unable to say whether certain international airlines have paid commission of up to 27 per cent on the sale of international first class tickets.

I have, however, noted that recent press reports have made suggestions that commission levels in this order may be available to certain agents within Australia.

I am informed that no international airline has filed with my Department to apply 27 per cent commission on the sale of first class tickets, or any other tickets within Australia.