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Tuesday, 5 November 1996
Page: 6499

Mrs WEST —My question is addressed to the Minister for Administrative Services. Why has the government abandoned the `Australian made' green and gold logo?

Mr JULL —The government has not abandoned the logo. Many of you will know that the Advance Australia Foundation, the sole licensing agent for the `Australian made' logo, went into voluntary liquidation after receiving advice from its auditors. The current licensees continue to use the logo. Their licences have been extended until new arrangements are in place.

I am pleased to say that the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has established a working group which is now developing new rules for the logo's use with reduced red tape and reduced costs. In the meantime, and in the absence of a licensing agent, the government is not in a position to license any new products, and we are sorry for any inconvenience that has been caused. But I am confident that the new arrangements for the logo's use will protect the integrity of the logo while it will be made more accessible to industry and small business in particular. The logo will be around for Christmas.