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Tuesday, 8 November 1983
Page: 2454

Question No. 615

Mr Andrew asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Commerce, upon notice, on 13 October 1983:

Will the Minister advise whether the Government policy for introducing inbound duty-free shopping at Australian international gateways means that (a) excise on Australian alcoholic beverages will be waived and (b) customs on imported alcoholic beverages will not be waived.

Mr Duffy —The Minister for Industry and Commerce has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The matter of introducing inwards duty free shopping for passengers arriving in Australia is currently subject to consideration by an Inter-departmental committee which has been established for this purpose.

The committee met during October and is scheduled to meet once more in November when it is expected it will finalise its considerations of the matter. A submission will then be made by the committee to the Government recommending whether or not inwards duty free shopping should be introduced in Australia.

Under duty free shopping arrangements which presently exist in respect of passengers departing from Australia, both Australian and imported alcoholic beverages are available for sale.

Should the Government decide to introduce inwards duty free shopping arrangements, it could be expected that both Australian and imported alcoholic beverages would be available for sale.