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Anthony Albanese Australian transport & Infrastructure minister (Above)
The Australian government goes out it's way to promote trade and goodwill Worldwide.....but my investigations on exporters to Australia shows bias....protectionism and outright fraud even towards Australian expats ! Here's what the Australian department of transport illustrates on it's webpage for starters.
The importation of vehicles to Australia is prohibited except in very specific circumstances. Most vehicles are imported by large manufacturers that invest substantially in research and development to ensure that every new vehicle meets minimum safety standards that maintain the safest possible environment for all road users and our community. Manufacturers wanting to import vehicles to Australia for supply must first obtain an identification plate approval. Information on this process is available here.
Approved companies known as Registered Automotive Workshops (RAWS) may import a limited range of used vehicles on behalf of individuals. To find out if your make and model of vehicle is currently approved click here. If your vehicle is not currently approved you may be able to find a RAW that will import it for you. To check if your vehicle is eligible, click here. Please be aware that vehicles imported by RAWs must undergo a range of modifications and maintenance procedures to ensure that they meet minimum safety and environmental standards. You will be charged for this work and the costs of importation by the RAW.
Individuals can also apply to import vehicles to Australia. The Department administers legislation setting out when an import approval may be issued. More information on import options is available here.
A Vehicle Import Approval is required before a road vehicle is shipped. The vehicle will not be released from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service unless it has a Vehicle Import Approval. All costs incurred in this process are the responsibility of the importer.
I have thoroughly investigated the so-called RAWS racket over several years and what it amounts to is some VERY shady characters slapping together a workshop and RIPPING off HUGE amounts into the many thousands $$$$$$$$$$ fring to in many cases Australians married to Japanese and trying to scrape a living by exporting vehicles to Australia.
A number of these RAWS simply do NOT bother to inspect a damn thing....or they charge extortionable $$$$$$$$ just to unecessarily change or add items to the imported vehicles !
They then extort $4-12,000 for doing practically ZERO !
To add insult to injury many if not most of the RAWS bunch are importing the same vehicles themselves therefore creating a direct conflict of interest with the exporters !
Where in most countries none of these stringent PROTECTIONISM methods exists the Australian dep't of transportation (DOTAR) for short takes sometimes months, even as long as a year in some cases to approve vehicle imports....this causes great stress and difficulties for the exporters !
I was confidentially informed that there are some pay offs involved to some infrastructure inspectors also.....I attach a letter from that department. I spoke to Mike Mrdak the head of infrastructure way back but NOTHING changed !
The whole RAWS and infrastructure system hinders exporters from Japan and if Australian businesses were treated this way they would yell and and shout Worldwide about it !
More than a few Australian expats have personally complained to me about this UNFAIR practice by the Australian government in exports to Australia especially by it's own expats ! I have attached a photo of the minister of transportation Anthony Albanese, who'm I have tried unsuccessfully to contact by phone several times my calls were not returned, I hope he personally gets to read this !
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:33 PM
Dear Mr Martin,
You recently contacted Mr
> John Arthur, media adviser with Minister Gary Gray,
> concerning allegations of corrupt behaviour relating to the
> importation of vehicles into Australia from Japan.I have been directed by the
> Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport,
> Mr Mike Mrdak, to investigate this matter.Mr Arthur has provided me
> with a summary of his telephone conversation with you.To assist me in my
> investigation, I am seeking further information regarding
> your concerns, or the concerns of others, relating to this
> matter.Would you be
> available, at a time of your choosing, for me to talk to you
> via telephone to progress this matter. Alternatively, I am
> happy to discuss this further via an exchange of emails if
> that would be more convenient.In your conversation with Mr
> Arthur you provided contact details of an importer that
> would be in a position to provide additional information.
> You also indicated to Mr Arthur that there are other
> people/companies impacted by this issue. It
> would be very useful for the purpose of my investigation if
> you could provide me with details of these additional
> entities.I have also
> left a voice mail along these lines on the number you
> provided to Mr Arthur.I can be contacted either by
> return email or by phone on (Canberra) 02 6274 7302.RegardsDavid BanhamChief
> Operating OfficerDepartment
> of Infrastructure and Transport
> Dear Mr Martin,
Thank you for responding to
> my email. I note that you decline to
> provide further information on this matter. The Department responds to
> allegations of corrupt behaviour by its employees with the
> utmost concern and would strongly advise that anybody with
> information along these lines to immediately bring it to the
> attention of the Australian Federal Police. I also note your
> correspondence earlier this year with Mr Mark Terrell and Mr
> Steven Hoy regarding your enquiry “if conversion of
> used vehicles from Left to Right Hand Drive for supply to
> the market in Australia can be undertaken outside
> On this matter,
> both Mr Terrell and Mr Hoy advised you that While the
> legislation for the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme,
> through the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the
> Act) and Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989,
> allows for a Registered Workshop to be owned by an overseas
> entity, the Department’s position is that the
> Registered Workshop must be in Australia. I am making the assumption
> that it is your dissatisfaction with this position that was
> the basis of your complaint to Mr Arthur and allegation of
> inappropriate behaviour by a departmental employee. Please correct me if my
> assumption is incorrect. I have reviewed the advice
> provided to you by both Mr Terrell and Mr Hoy and their
> advice is correct.
> Please feel free
> to contact me should you wish to discuss this mastandstter
> further. RegardsDavid Banham
Their have been reports of RAWS people taking forever to inspect exporters vehicles.....removing valuable parts including cameras, electronics and even hubcaps from them and committing sabotage causing tremendous anger, stress and additional $$$ to exporters and their Australian customers !