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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 56

Senator McMANUS - I ask a question of the Minister representing the MinisterinCharge of Tourist Activities. My question refers to the failure of an Australian travel agency which occasioned considerable inconvenience and loss of money to a number of travellers to and from this country. Will the Minister make a statement on what extent, if any, the Commonwealth was involved in action taken in regard to this matter and what extent, if any, the Commonwealth is involved in action at present being taken by a number of authorities? Will the Minister state also whether, in view of the fact that a number of important travel agencies are located in Canberra, the Commonwealth contemplates action to ensure the rights of travellers in the future?

Senator COTTON - There is today and has been in earlier months and years considerable interest in the Senate in the protection of members of the travelling public who have problems with travel situations which are not as good as they might be. There are people in the Senate with considerable experience in the travel agency field. As I said earlier, those senators have an understanding and a number of senators have a concern. I share that concern. What I think I should do for Senator McManus is to obtain from the responsible Minister a clear answer in respect of the various points of the question that he raises. That will be necessary. I will obtain that answer for the honourable senator as soon as I can.

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