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Government decision to benefit production of local film



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JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 AUGUST 1991

GOVERNMENT DECISION TO BENEFIT PRODUCTION OF LOCAL FILM

The Federal Government today agreed to the importation for six months only, of certain firearms and other equipment needed in the production of the film "Sniper" in North Queensland.

The decision was announced today by the Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Senator Michael Tate and the Minister for Small Business and Customs, Mr David Beddall.

" Recent amendments to import prohibitions allow for the temporary importation of prohibited equipment for use in the film industry with the proviso that the equipment be exported within six months," the Ministers said.

" The Federal Government regards its firearms control as a public safety issue of great importance and these amendments will allow the legislation to meet its principal objective while permitting the specialised film use."

" It was never the intention of the Commonwealth, State and Territory Police Ministers - when they determined the import controls last year - to hinder Australia's international reputation in the film industry."

The Ministers said that the Queensland Government has been promoting7 Queensland's tropical climate and impressive coastal lociitions as an ideal site for film productions.

" The increasing internationalisation of major film and television production offers opportunities for Australia, if it can cement a reputation as an. attractive, reliable and efficient location," the Ministers said.

" This film is further evidence of the Federal and Queensland Governments partnership to maximise Australia's opportunities in film production."

CANBERRA Mr Beddall's Office

John Mcllwain [06] 277 7080

Senator Tate's Office Daryl Smeaton [06] 277 7260