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Tuesday, 30 November 1976

Mr Jacobi asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to the unsatisfactory practices of some motor vehicle insurers which were highlighted in the Third Annual Report of the Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Australian Capital Territory.

(2)   If so, will he publish the names of the insurance companies involved and will he release case studies of these dealings, so that the public can be protected from such unsavoury practices.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) My attention has been drawn to the report.

(2)   This information is not available to me. The Insurance Act 1973 and the Insurance (Deposits) Act 1932 do not provide for the regulation of contractual relationships between an insurer and an insured or empower me to intervene in such matters.

However, the Attorney-General announced on 9 September 1976 that, in the light of representations made by the honourable member, he had asked the Law Reform Commission to carry out a wide-ranging inquiry into the laws dealing with insurance contracts.

Task Force on Co-ordination in Welfare and Health (Question No. 1474)

Mr Stewart asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the task force into health, welfare and communitybased programs sought submissions from all amateur and professional sporting organisations on the role of the Australian Government in the development of sport from the base to the peak of the sporting pyramid.

(2)   If so, which organisations have forwarded submissions.

(3)   Do these organisations recommend a re-introduction, with a few minor alterations, of the sports development program initiated by the former Labor Government.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Task Force on Co-ordination in Welfare and Health sought submissions from persons or organisations willing to contribute to its work. Although the Task Force's advertisement did not specifically seek submissions from amateur and professional sporting organisations, the Department of Environment, Housing and Community Development did, I am advised, draw the Task Force's advertisement for submissions to the attention of national sporting organisations.

(2)   The following sporting organisations made submissions to the Task Force:

All Australia Netball Association

Amateur Athletic Union of Australia

Associated Sporting Committee of W.A.

Australian Amateur Fencing Federation

Australian Baseball Council

Australian Bridge Federation

Australian Casting Association

Australian Cricket Board

Australian Hockey Association

Australian Little Athletics Union

Australian Rugby Football Union

Australian Schools Soccer Federation

Australian Soccer Federation

Australian Softball Federation

Australian Yachting Federation

Lawn Tennis Association of Australia

Model Aeronautical Association of Australia

National Football League of Australia

National Ice Skating Association of Australia

(3)   Most of the organisations listed in (2) above did not refer to the Labor Government's Sports Development Program.

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