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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1969


Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Trade and Industry, upon notice:

Is be able to say what incentives Governments in Australia provide to reverse the trend towards adoption of planned accelerated obsolescence in consumer durables.


Mr Anthony (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Deputy Prime Minister) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Commonwealth Government does not provide direct incentives for the purpose of influencing company decisions relating to the rate of obsolescence in consumer durables. The quality and durability of a product is the responsibility of the manufacturing enterprise concerned and the sales success of its product will be determined by market forces not only operating within Australia but in the light of marketing developments occurring overseas and should generally reflect the quality of his product. The Government does however encourage manufacturers to improve their products for the benefit of Australian consumers by providing financial assistance in such areas as research and development, scientific research, industrial design and standards.







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