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Thursday, 9 December 1976


Mr Jacobi asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did the States of Queensland and New South Wales advise the meeting of the Standing Committee of AttorneysGeneral in Brisbane, held during the week ended 1 5 October 1976, that they proposed to withdraw from the Credit Laws Committee established by the Standing Committee.

(2)   If so, how will uniformity be achieved in the proposed uniform consumer credit laws.


Mr Ellicott -The answer to the honourable member's questions are:

(   1 ) Not to my knowledge.

(2)   In view of my answer to (1), the question does not arise.

Assistance to the Tourist Industry (Question No. 1463)


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

Can the Minister say what (a) grants, (b) loans, (c) tax concessions and (d) other inducements are made available to the travel/tourist industry by the Government in (i) Australia, (ii) New Zealand, (iii) Papua New Guinea, (iv) Fiji, (v) the Philippines, (vi) Singapore and (vii) Indonesia.


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

(1)   Australia

(a)   Nil.

(b)   The Commonwealth Development Bank provides finance for the establishment or development of undertakings providing accommodation or transportation for tourists or other facilities designed to attract tourists. The loans are directed towards assisting smaller undertakings away from main assisting population.

(c)   Section 51(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act provides that any expense necessarily incurred in the gaining or producing of assessable income shall be an allowable deduction provided it is not an expense of a private or capital nature. Additionally, this Government has introduced a 40 per cent investment allowance for eligible plant and equipment on site or ready for installation from 1 January 1976 and up to 30 June 1978. In each of the 5 years following 1977-78 the allowance will be at the rate of 20 per cent per annum. A unit of property which costs $500 or less does not attract the allowance.

(d)   People from other countries are encouraged to travel to and within Australia by the Australian Tourist Commission. The Commission has an appropriation of $3m for this purpose in 1 976-77. (Note: In addition to the above, State Governments also provide various forms of assistance to the travel/tourist industry.)

(2)   Other Countries: Up to date information on assistance provided to the travel/tourist industries in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia is being obtained by the Department of Industry and Commerce and will be passed to the honourable member as soon as possible. In the meantime, I am writing to the honourable member providing him with information which is currently held on file in the Department.

White Paper on Manufacturing Industry (Question No. 1466)


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

(   1 ) What is the present position on the promised White Paper on the future of manufacturing industry in Australia.

(2)   When does the Minister expect to present it to Parliament.


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

(   1 ) The Government is currently considering an advanced draft of the White Paper on Manufacturing Industry.

(2)   The Government hopes soon to be in a position to make an announcement on specific timing for the presentation of the White Paper to Parliament.







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