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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 18

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation in his capacity as Minister representing the

Minister in Charge of Tourist Activities and it refers to the recurring failure of some travel agencies. I ask: What action has been taken by the Commonwealth Government to promote uniform Commonwealth controls over travel agencies to prevent distress to and loss of savings by those persons who have paid deposits to travel agencies which have failed? Has any such legislation or scheme for licensing been put to the State governments for joint action with the Commonwealth?

Senator COTTON - I share the honourable senator's concern that some people who have saved a lot of money to travel have had their savings stolen from them by others who are very often of no repute or are not to be trusted. These things are of concern to me but they are not within my province as Minister for Civil Aviation. The Commonwealth and State Ministers who are responsible for tourism have been directing their attention to this matter for some time now. I think the problem has been to arrive at a comparable series of legislative issues which can be put together. That is the limit of my knowledge. I repeat that I share the honourable senators concern. I shall see what I can find out about this matter.

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