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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3080

Question No. 421


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce, upon notice, on 12 October 1983:

(1) Has the Industries Assistance Commission IAC recently found that the local production of commercial vehicles and parts have contracted substantially over recent times largely because of the general economic situation which has led to a severe reduction in market demand for these goods.

(2) Did the IAC have before it details of such vehicles that had been purchased within Australia over recent years; if so, what are such details.

(3) Did the Commission have any details on the number of such vehicles imported into Australia over recent years; if so, what are such details.


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

(1) Yes. In its Interim Report on Heavy Commercial Vehicles, Parts and Accessories of 1 July 1983, the Industries Assistance Commission found that production and employment have fallen in both the vehicle assembly and component producing sectors. On the evidence available the IAC concluded that this fall was generally attributable to an overall downturn in demand for heavy commercial vehicles arising from subdued economic conditions in Australia, including the effects of the recent drought.

(2) Yes. Purchases of heavy commercial vehicles as reflected in registration statistics were reported by the IAC as follows:

4 months to end April

1980 1981 1982 1983 1982

40,860 51,816 48,393 14,126 16,106

The IAC however noted that these figures are not fully representative of retail sales since they exclude vehicles purchased, but not registered; vehicles in this category include those for use in rural, mining and defence applications.

(3) Yes. Figures in the Commission's report for imports of completely built up heavy commercial vehicles over recent times were as follows:

4 months to end April

1980 1981 1982 1983 1982

19,689 30,016 29,945 9,867 9,952