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Wednesday, 27 March 1985
Page: 928

(Question No. 13)

Senator Puplick asked the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, upon notice, on 22 February 1985:

Did the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce, through the Assistant Secretary, Legislation, inform the Australian Duty Free Operators Association Ltd that steps would be taken 'by last July' 1984 to promulgate regulations to prevent the improper use of the words 'duty free' in relation to retail sales; if so, why have no such regulations yet been promulgated and when may they now be expected?

Senator Button —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The then Department of Industry and Commerce did, by letter dated 22 May 1984, inform the Australian Duty Free Operators Association Ltd that it was anticipated that regulations to prevent improper use of the words 'duty free' would be promulgated by late July 1984.

That letter also informed the Association that the particular regulation referred to was a part of a comprehensive set of regulations to govern operations of duty free shops and that the making of those regulations was dependent on legal identity being given to duty free shops by the bringing into operation of the relative provisions of the Customs and Excise Amendment Act 1982.

The forecast made in the letter of 22 May 1984 was, in hindsight, over optimistic. As a result of unforeseen considerations arising, particularly in relation to projected provision of limited inwards duty free shopping facilities on airports, it has not been possible to promulgate the regulations as yet.

I cannot give any precise forecast on when promulgation may now be expected but it is anticipated that action to bring into operation the duty free shops provisions of the Customs and Excise Amendment Act 1982 will not be very much further delayed.

When the proclamation to do this is made, the regulations will be simultaneously promulgated.