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Thursday, 21 August 1980
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Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 22 May 1980:

(1)   Is he able to state whether the reported proposal of Qantas Airways Limited being able to offer discounted air fares in Australia as a counter to other international carriers offering discounts on air fares arose from (a) any inadequacy of the provisions of the legislation governing discounting of air fares in Australia, (b) a reluctance on the part of the Commonwealth to prosecute offenders, as evidenced by the fact that there has not been one prosecution brought before the courts to date, or (c) the inability of his Department to provide adequate policing personnel and checking programs of outbound passenger tickets.

(2)   What circumstances led to Qantas seeking approval to offer discounted international air fares within Australia.

(3)   Has he taken any action in response to the request by Qantas; if so, what action has he taken.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: ( 1 ), (2) and (3) There is no such proposal before either the Department or me to offer discounted air fares in Australia.

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