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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 33


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (12:06): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The Australian government has no intention of relaxing restrictions on the importation of antipersonnel sprays. The importation of firearms and other weapons, including antipersonnel sprays, into Australia is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. Permission to import weapons, including antipersonnel sprays, must be obtained prior to the importation of the goods. To obtain permission to import weapons, including antipersonnel sprays, importers must satisfy a number of legislative requirements, including an official purpose test, a public interest test and a national interest test.