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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2717


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Is the Minister for Customs and Excise aware that under the Government's revised motor vehicle manufacturing policy the cost disabilities already suffered by Australian farmers with respect to the Government's policies will be accentuated? Is he aware that the level of duties payable on 4-wheel drive passenger vehicles will rise- bearing in mind that they are not manufactured in Australia but are imported either in a fully assembled or knocked down condition? Will the Minister consider excluding 4-wheel drive vehicles from the additional duty as a recognition of the severity of problems facing most primary producers?


Senator MURPHY - The Leader of the Australian Country Party raises the question of 4-wheel drive vehicles. Last Saturday I had a discussion with the Minister for Overseas Trade, Dr Cairns, about this matter. His suggestion to me, to which 1 acceded, was that 1 look into this question of 4-wheel drive vehicles, including the matter which the honourable senator has raised. I am doing so. Perhaps I should not say any more than that it is being looked at.







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