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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2538

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Customs and Excise seen recent television publicity concerning lethal cross-bows which are now on sale in Sydney? Has the Minister any indication that these cross-bows have been imported into Australia and, if so, will he take steps to ban such importations? Finally, will he discuss this matter with the relevant State Ministers with a view to including cross-bows in the proposed uniform firearms legislation and to confining the use of such cross-bows to archery ranges?

Senator MURPHY -Yes, I am aware of the television publicity concerning cross-bows. The matter has been looked into by the Department of Customs and Excise. It appears that some of the cross-bows are imported in an unassembled form and then assembled here. Some cross-bows are manufactured in Australia. There would not be much point in prohibiting the importation of cross-bows, assuming that they are lethal, if similar articles are in fact manufactured in Australia. It may be that some uniformity can be arrived at between the Australian Government and the State governments with a view to putting restrictions on the cross-bows so as to preserve safety. I am prepared to initiate some discussions with the States to see whether this can be done. The inquiry is not altogether completed. That is the whole of the information that I can give to the honourable senator.

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