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Statement by Senator tne Honourable Malcolm Scott, _______ Minister for Customs and Excise______ '

It is not correct that Or. Ramsay, the New Zealand

doctor formerly resident in Hobart, was prevented from stay­

ing in Australia because of action by the Department of Customs

and Excise.

The Minister for Customs and Excise, Senator the

Honourable Malcolm Scott, said this in Canberra today,

3 October.

He was commenting on newspaper reports of Dr.

Ramsay’s departure from Hobart to return to New Zealand.

He said: ”D r . Ramsay wrote to my predecessor,

Senator Anderson, on 1 November 1966 seeking approval to

import his yacht free of duty as he proposed coming to

Australia to take up an appointment in Melbourne.

"Dr, Ramsay was prompted to make this request as he

had read in a New Zealand paper that people coming to Australia

had to pay duty on yachts. Dr. Ramsay said then that if he had

to pay duty he would be prevented from taking the Melbourne

appointment as he would be obliged to sell his yacht; this

was something he had no intention of doing either in Australia

or New Zealand.

"Senator Anderson replied on 25 November 1966 to

Dr. Ramsay in New Zealand outlining the situation regarding

personal effects; he pointed out that duty on yachts of New

Zealand origin was 30% ad valorem. Sales tax at the rate of

12i% was also applicable. Senator Anderson also explained

the value of the yacht would be assessed at the time of

importation. Dr. Ramsay was also advised that, if he came

to Australia as a temporary resident, he might import the

yacht without payment of duty and sales tax provided he under­

took to re-export it within tvdve months of its importation or

within such further period as may be allowed.


"Diu. Ramsay arrived in Australia early in May 1967

and the yacht was entered at Sydney duty-free on 4 May on a

temporary concession. In June 1967 Dr. Ramsay sought approval

to retain the yacht free of all duties and he was subsequently

advised by Senator Anderson this Λ/as not possible.

"Dr. Ramsay was invited to supply particulars of the

costs of materials used in building the yacht for examination.

These were examined and a concessional value for duty was

assessed at Z4,860, which results in duties and sales tax of

$2,405.70 being payable. ' c

"I must point out that the value of the yacht for

duty purposes was assessed on a most concessional basis."

The Minister said that Dr. Ramsay was informed Vy ■ x -

six months before he left New Zealand of what the situation

would be and he was left in no doubt about the duty liability.

He saidi "The concessions given to migrants are

quite generous; they are listed in the booklet called "Facts

about Customs", which is widely distributed by airline

companies, shipping agents and travel agents throughout the

world. Our officers in overseas stations are always available

to assist with enquiries".

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.3 October 1968