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Wednesday, 8 December 1976


Mr Jacobi asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

Is any review of the law relating to personal property likely insofar as it applies in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.


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

So far as my Department is aware no general review of the laws relating to personal property in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory is presently contemplated. The Australian Capital Territory Law Reform Commission has recently reported on a reference concerning a review of the laws relating to real and personal property in the Australian Capital Territory in the context of reform of the law in that Territory relating to conveyancing. The reference to personal property was included to cover leasehold title to land. Particular aspects of personal property are also under consideration in relation to the model Credit Bills in the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General.

Procedure in Courts of Petty Sessions (Question No. 1436)


Mr Jacobi asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

When are the recommendations of the A.C.T. Law Reform Commission on procedure in Courts of Petty Sessions likely to be implemented.


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

The Report on the Civil Procedure of the Court of Petty Sessions presented by the A.C.T. Law Reform Commission in September 1972 was made in response to the following reference-

The review of the civil procedure of the Court of Petty Sessions with a view to recommending amendments that would be desirable if the present monetary limit in the Court's civil jurisdiction is increased by several thousand dollars'.

The Law Reform Commission made recommendations as to the civil procedure in the Court of Petty Sessions appropriate for claims up to $5,000. The Commission also recommended the establishment of a separate procedure for small claims. This latter recommendation was implemented by the Small Claims Ordinance 1974.

No substantial increase in the civil jurisdiction of the Court of Petty Sessions has been made. It is now proposed to increase the limit of civil jurisdiction of the Court from $ 1 ,000 to $2,500. 1 am also considering the question of a new lower court structure for the Australian Capital Territory. A revision of the rules of civil procedure based on the Report of the A.C.T. Law Reform Commission will be considered in the context of these proposals.

Expenditure by Overseas Visitors in Australia (Question No. 1469)


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

(   1 ) Do overseas visitors spend approximately $244m per annum in Australia.

(2)   If so, does this place the tourist/travel industry approximately tenth on the list of foreign currency earners.

(3)   Is approximately a quarter of this amount spent outside capital cities.

(4)   If the position is as stated, why has the Government relegated the tourist industry to a minor place in the Department of industry and Commerce, reduced spending on promotional activities, cancelled grants to the industry and failed to re-introduce the Travel Agents Registration Bill.


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

(1)   The latest Balance of Payments statistics supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in 1975-76 overseas short-term visitors in Australia spent $255m on travel.

(2)   There is no satisfactory criteria for the ranking of travel credits in the way suggested. It is, however, relevant to note that the $255m spent on travel amounted to 2.2 per cent of total balance of payments credits.

(3)   According to research undertaken by the Australian Tourist Commission approximately one quarter of expenditure by overseas visitors in Australia takes place outside of the capital cities.

(4)   Since coming to office the Government's priorities have been to reduce inflation and to restore business confidence. In order to achieve these objectives, all areas of Government spending were subjected to careful scrutiny. While it has been necessary to restrain expenditure on tourism programs, the Government believes the interests of the nation can best be served by restoring economic stability. As with other industries, the future of tourism in Australia hinges on the achievement of these objectives.







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