Category: Policy Viewpoint

Parallel imports minefield

The Federal Government’s decision to allow the private importation of new-near cars has huge potential negative ramifications for the local industry, AADA believes. The Government announced planned changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in early February, claiming it…

PARALLEL IMPORTS: OTHER REACTIONS

The Government’s decision to allow parallel imports met with immediate opposition, not just from Dealers but also the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon. In…

THE GOVERNMENT’S RATIONALE

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, said the changes to parallel laws would give consumers more choice in three main ways: 1. Personal import of new motor vehicles “With around 30,000 vehicles a…

CHANGES TO PARALLEL IMPORT LAWS – A LEGAL VIEW

On 10 February 2016, the Federal Government announced it will relax the restrictions that apply to all imports of motor vehicles (whether new or used), including parallel imports, under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (Cth). The announcement comes in…

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACKS PLAN TO SAVE HOLDEN PLANT

Federal Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, has backed a Belgian businessman’s plan to keep Holden’s South Australian manufacturing plant open past its current planned closing date in 2017. Guido Dumarey, head of Punch International, wants to keep building the Holden Commodore…

QLD COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS UNIFORM LEMON LAWS

A Queensland report into proposed ‘lemon laws’ has recommended amending the Australian Consumer Law to establish nationally consistent laws applicable to new ‘lemon’ motor vehicles. Late last year the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee presented its report, “Lemon Laws…

AADA ADVOCATES IN WA MOTOR VEHICLE ACTS REVIEW

AADA has highlighted shortcomings in Western Australian legislation that leaves Dealers vulnerable to unfair contract dealings by motor vehicle manufacturers. Following the initial review in August 2013, the WA Government has commenced the Stage Two review of the Motor Vehicle…

SENATE COMMITTEE REJECTS CONTROVERSIAL GREENS BILL

The Environment and Communications Legislation Committee of the Senate has recommended to the Senate that it not pass the Motor Vehicle Standards (Cheaper Transport) Bill 2014. First introduced to the Senate by former leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine…

ARE YOUR CONTRACTS FAIR?

AADA joins the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in urging Dealers to closely review the standard form contracts they use when dealing with other businesses. Over the next 12 months we will transition to a new law that offers…