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Monday, 22 April 1985
Page: 1348

(Question No. 11)

Senator Puplick asked the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, upon notice, on 22 February 1985:

Was an Inter-Departmental Committee (IDC) established, initially under the chairmanship of the Department of Industry and Commerce, to examine the merits of inward duty free shopping in Australia; if so:

(a) why did that Department relinquish the Chairmanship of such an IDC; and

(b) was the IDC allowed to proceed to the point of submitting a report and/or recommendation to the Government; if so, what were the recommendations of the IDC; if not, why was the Committee not allowed to conclude its work, and what was the cost to revenue of the work of the Committee to the date of its termination.

Senator Button —The answers to the honourable senator's question are as follows:


(a) As the Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism in conjunction with the Department of Aviation was the proponent of Inwards Duty Free Shopping it was more appropriate for that Department to chair the IDC.

(b) The Interdepartmental Committee which the Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism chaired did not proceed with a report on inwards duty free shopping. The results of the Committee's deliberations were incorporated in a joint Cabinet Submission by the Ministers for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, and Aviation.

The Committee incurred no costs other than salaries of officials and support staff included in approved establishments of participating Departments.