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Thursday, 1 April 1971

Senator COTTON - Starting from the bottom up. the answer to the last part of the question is certainly no. The Department of Civil Aviation and the Department of Customs and Excise have a very close and sensible working relationship. I also enjoy that relationship with the Minister for Customs and Excise. The problem of Sterling Nicholas Duty Free Pty Ltd has been dealt with by the High Court. 1 am awaiting on more complete information concerning its judgment. I understand that the company attempted to overcome a problem which arose because it was an unsuccessful tenderer for the concession to operate a duty free shop at the Sydney international airport. Public tenders were called for that concession, and the concession was allotted by the process of public tender. Beyond that I cannot comment. I am sure the honourable senator will understand the necessity to examine the legal judgment and the consequences that may flow from it.

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