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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 866

Mr HURFORD - My question is to the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs. Is it a fact that the Government - indeed it is suggested the Prime Minister himself - indicated to representatives of service station organisations that petroleum retailing franchise legislation would be enacted by 31 August 1980? Why has this promise been broken? When is this legislation proposed to be introduced and enacted? Will it be retrospective, as recommended in the so-called Fife Proposals of October 1978, and from what date will it take effect?

Mr GARLAND (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce) - I am unaware of any firm undertaking to have the legislation operative by 31 August. As I have explained to the House on a number of occasions, the Government has given a very thorough examination to many complex and, in many respects, new aspects of this proposed legislation. The Government is committed to introduce it. I fully expect it to be introduced into this House in the next sitting week. The details that the Government has embodied in the Bills will, of course, be explained very fully to the House and will be obvious from an examination of that legislation then.

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