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Thursday, 17 November 1983
Page: 2844

Mr GROOM —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move :

That this House-

(1) expresses its grave concern at the inordinate delays which so often occur in processing customs and immigration clearances of visitors and other entering Australia through major international airports;

(2) notes that long queues and delays cause visitors, especially the elderly and parents with young families, distress and fatigue and give them a very poor first impression of Australia; and

(3) calls upon the Ministers for Industry and Commerce, Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Transport and Sport, Recreation and Tourism to initiate urgent action to eliminate these extraordinary delays, in the interests of passengers, the tourist industry and Australia's international reputation.