Doug Shave

Doug Shave

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    Consultation on travel agents' report

    17/08/2000 6:00 AM
     
    17/8/00

    The Ministerial Council of Consumer Affairs (MCCA) has agreed to release an independent consultant's report into the regulation of travel agents.

    Fair Trading Minister Doug Shave said that the report and its recommendations had not been endorsed by any State or Territory jurisdictions.

    “All jurisdictions have reservations about the report’s recommendations,” Mr Shave said.

    “In particular the MCCA believes there is need for greater examination of the important issue of public benefit and whether it should outweigh possible anti-competitive effects of the existing regulatory scheme.”

    The report was prepared as part of the State’s and Territories’ national competition policy commitment to review the regulation of licensed travel agents.

    It will be available for a consultation period until the end of October.

    As part of the consultation process, Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs departments around Australia will have further discussions with industry stakeholders on what scheme would most benefit the public.

    MCCA has agreed that at the end of the consultation period, members will work to finalise their views on a national approach to travel industry regulation.

    Copies of the independent consultant's report are available from Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs Departments around Australia.

    In Western Australia the report is available on the Fair Trading website http://www.fairtrading.wa.gov.au or by calling the Publications Officer on (08) 9282 0911.

    Media Contacts: John Clune - Minister’s Office 9213 6500