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Thursday, 27 March 1980
Page: 1079


Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs aware that the famous World War II Dam Busters Squadron of the Royal Air Force will be holding in a few weeks time what will probably be its last reunion in Australia? The British members have forwarded squadron ties, lapel badges and commemorative plaques for members and sponsors such as the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh, South Australia. Is the Minister aware that Customs officers have seen fit to charge customs duty of $66.86 for 10 ties and 45 lapel badges which had an original purchase value of some £50, and $22.53 for 10 commemorative plaques which had an original purchase value of some £41? Will the Minister take up this matter to see that the moneys collected by Customs will be returned, taking into account the outstanding record of this famous squadron which may be meeting in this country for the last time and which deserves better recognition than this penny-pinching approach to a few squadron articles for its Australian members?


Senator DURACK - I do not have any information in relation to the matter which Senator Young has raised. I will refer his question to the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs and ask him to give his earliest attention to it.







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