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Wednesday, 8 December 1976
Page: 3556

Mr Jacobi asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(   1 ) When does the Government propose to introduce legislation based upon the Manning Committee Report on the Bills of Exchange Act which reported in 1964.

(2)   Will the legislation take into account Part V of the Canadian Bills of Exchange Act 1970 which makes provision for consumer bills and notes and which allows for defences to be raised by a purchaser as if an action had been brought by a seller.

(3)   Is the Credit Laws Committee of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General considering this Canadian legislation as part of its consideration of the relationship between the Bills of Exchange Act and the proposed uniform consumer credit legislation (Hansard, 3 November 1976, page 2328).

(4)   What bodies and institutions are being consulted in connection with the implementation of the Manning Committee Report.

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

(1)   1 expect to be in a position to introduce legislation next year.

(2)   and (3) I will instruct my Department to give consideration to the Canadian provisions in the course of preparing the legislation. I understand that the Credit Laws Committee has had its attention directed to the Canadian provisions. I also understand the matter is still under consideration by that Committee.

(4)   The Australian Bankers' Association, The Law Council of Australia, The Commercial Law Association of Australia Limited and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Overseas Visitor Arrivals in Australia (Question No. 1462)

Mr Stewart asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Commerce, upon notice:

(   1 ) What was the increase or decrease in the number of visitors to Australia in each year since 1971.

(2)   Can the Minister say how these figures compare with (a) New Zealand, (b) Papua New Guinea, (c) Fiji, (d) The Philippines, (e) Singapore and (f) Indonesia.

Mr Howard -The Minister for Industry and Commerce has provided the following answers to the honourable member's questions:

(1)   Statistics published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for short-term visitor arrivals in Australia (excluding U.S. troops on R& R leave for the years 1971 to 1975 were:


(2)   Visitor arrival statistics published by the Pacific Area Travel Association for New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, The Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia are as follows:


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