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Tuesday, 9 November 1976

Mr FRY - Is the Minister for Foreign Affairs aware that a foreign diplomat in Canberra recently sold 2 imported cars at a profit of about $9,000 each and that this is a common practice by some foreign diplomats in Canberra who import these cars quite legally without paying sales tax or import duty? Is the Minister concerned that this aspect of diplomatic privilege is being abused in Canberra? Would he consider amending the relevant section of the convention covering this privilege to extend the minimum period in which diplomats may sell imported vehicles from 2 years to 3 or 4 years.

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