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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3155


Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice, on 29 April 1980:

Is his Department considering allowing duty free purchases by inward bound passengers at Sydney and Melbourne international airports; if so:

(   a ) what are the benefits of the proposal, and

(b)   would the provision of this same facility to inward bound travellers arriving at Brisbane and Townsville international airports be considered.


Mr Garland - The answer to the honourablemember's question is as follows:

(a)   The Bureau of Transport Economics' report on inwards duty free shopping at international terminals in Australia is under consideration by an Interdepartmental Committee. No decision has yet been taken by the Government. The benefits claimed include overall economic advantage to Australia, safety aspects in that less loose articles would be carried in the aircraft and fuel savings because passengers would be carrying marginally less luggage. However, there is a large number of issues to be resolved.

(b)   Any decision taken by the Government would apply to all international airports in Australia, provided private enterprise is prepared to operate the facility in the particular airport.







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