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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21906

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, upon notice, on 7 October 2003:

Further to the answer to question No. 2067 (Hansard, 11 August 2003, page 18087) will he commission studies to assess the effect of the labelling scheme on vehicle choice and therefore on fuel consumption in Australia; if not, why not.

Mr Ian Macfarlane (Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As explained in my previous answer, a new fuel consumption label is currently being phased in, and this process will not be complete until 1 January 2004. It is therefore premature to study the impact of this new label. However the Australian Greenhouse Office is currently examining options for establishing a baseline against which the impact of the new label can be assessed over time.