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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4526

Mr Hansen (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

(1)   What precautions are taken to ensure a minimum octane rating in petrol sold as (a) standard or (b) premium grade.

(2)   Do Commonwealth officers make checks of petrol at the point of sale to the public to guard against dilution and selling of standard grade as premium grade, similar to checks made of spirits and beer in hotels.

Mr Chipp - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The octane rating of petrol has no bearing on the rate of duty or on any other requirement of Customs or Excise legislation and consequently, no direct checks are made of this facet of oil company operations.

(2)   Petrol sold at retail outlets has passed from Customs control and consequently any checks in respect of quality or quantity at the point of sale would be a matter for State or Local Authorities.

No quality checks are required to be made by officers of the Department of Customs and Excise in respect to potable spirits and beer after duty has been paid and the liquors have passed from Customs control.

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