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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1515

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask a question of the Minister representing the Treasurer. Is it a fact that articles and personal effects imported into Australia by members of overseas consular or diplomatic services stationed here are exempt from import duties in accordance with general international practice? Are there corresponding provisions in our sales tax regulations for sales tax exemptions to be allowed to those people on similar goods of Australian manufacture? If not, will consideration be given to granting such sales tax exemptions in the interests of promotion of Australian goods, such as motor vehicles, refrigerators and the like, in an area of sales interest which could lead to increased export sales?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - This really is not a question for the Treasurer. It is a question for the Minister for Foreign Affairs because it relates to protocols under international law and, indeed, to arrangements between nations. I think, in the first instance, I will direct the question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs because I am sure that these are matters regarding which certain guidelines are given to other departments as the result of decisions taken in relation to protocols as established.

The PRESIDENT - Order! Pursuant to an order of the Senate, as amended earlier this afternoon, the sitting of the Senate is suspended until 8 p.m. to enable Estimates Committees to meet.

Sitting suspended from 4.15 to 8 p.m.

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