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AUSTRALIA.....WORST COUNTRY ON PLANET FOR GOVERNMENT RED TAPE,CORRUPTION AND UNFAIR TRADE PROTECTION ?
Portrayed as a wonderful, friendly and great country to visit and invest in hmmmm!
Well my family immigrated there
from the uk in the 50's and my Sons are Australian, I spent much of my youth their.......so I should know what I'm talking about !
SOME CUSTOMERS HAVE BEEN WAITING OVER A YEAR AFTER PAYING BIG $$$$$ FOR THEIR JAPANESE MOTORHOMES BECAUSE OF DELIBERATE GOVERNMENT RED TAPE, HURDLES AND LUDICROUS SUBTERFUGE TO PROTECT A HANDFUL OF AUSTRALIAN RV DEALERS,ETC !
I have personally called Any Robb the trade minister's office, the head of infrastructure, transport minister's office and countless others and alerted the Australian press/media about this OUTRAGEOUS and corrupt practice which is hurting Australian exporters living in Japan and Australian customers in Australia, all to no avail and only to be greeted with deaf ears and apathy !
If Australian exporters and businesses where treated like this the country would go broke !
Australia is HURTING the livelyhoods of it's own citizens who are expats and living in Japan !
It is the most dishonest practice of trade protectionism and highway robbery anywhere !
When an Australian buys a Japanese vehicle from a fellow Aussie in Japan, the dep't of transportation through their so-called infrastructure division makes sure that both parties go through HELL and HIGHWAY ROBBERY before, if ever, the customer receives their paid for imported vehicle !
Listen to my video for the full SHOCKING, UNBELIEVABLE story !
Infrastructure Australia is a statutory body, established under the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 which came into effect on 9 April 2008.
Infrastructure Australia advises governments, investors and infrastructure owners on a wide range of issues. These include:
- Australia's current and future infrastructure needs
- mechanisms for financing infrastructure investments, and
- policy, pricing and regulation and their impacts on investment and on the efficiency of the delivery, operation and use of national infrastructure networks.
Infrastructure Australia's focus is on assisting Australian governments to develop a strategic blueprint for unlocking infrastructure bottlenecks and to modernise the nation's economic infrastructure.
Infrastructure Australia reports regularly to the Council of Australian Governments through the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Infrastructure Australia has 11 members, appointed by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
About the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme
More like SCAM !
The Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) allows for the importation and supply of used specialist or enthusiast vehicles to the market in Australia. Under this scheme only a RAW can import a used vehicle into Australia. RAWS arrangements do not apply for vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1989 or vehicles that are to be imported under the Personal Import Scheme. For these vehicles please refer to Vehicle Safety Standards Bulletin 10(VSB10) Importing Vehicles into Australia.
If you do not wish to become a RAW and would like to arrange for the importation of a used vehicle, you will need to contact a RAW to arrange for the importation of the vehicle. You can find a listing of approved workshops and their schedule of Approved vehicle models through the Search for a RAW. Before the vehicle can be fitted with a Used Import Plate (required for first registration and for use as transport in Australia) the RAW must modify the vehicle to meet the Australian Design Rule (ADR) requirements as referenced in the RAWS legislation.
In order to be eligible for importation and supply through RAWS, a vehicle must be:
A Used Vehicle - the vehicle must have been used in transport outside Australia and either be:
- SEVS Eligible - a vehicle that is listed as eligible under the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles Scheme. The details of the vehicle must be as specified under the SEVS ruling; or
- A two or three wheeled L-group category vehicle (motorcycle) that meets the evidence requirements for unrestricted importation through RAWS.
SEVS Eligibility does not automatically imply that a vehicle complies with the ADR or other RAWS legislation, nor does it imply that a vehicle model can be economically made to comply. In order for the RAW to fit a Used Import Plate to a vehicle, the workshop is required to hold evidence that the vehicle, as modified, meets the RAWS requirements. This may require testing or modification of the vehicle. If a vehicle cannot meet the RAWS requirements it must be exported or destroyed.
Damaged Vehicles - A vehicle that has been structurally damaged cannot be fitted with a Used Import Plate. The RAW must assess each vehicle for damage against guidelines prescribed in legislation - if the vehicle does not meet these requirements it must be exported or destroyed - irrespective of whether the damage has been repaired or is repairable.
- It is strongly recommended that you do not ship your vehicle to Australia until such time as you are issued with a Vehicle Import Approval. A Vehicle Import Approval must be obtained to gain Customs clearance for entry into Australia. Check this information to find out if a vehicle is eligible for import and how to go about applying for an approval.
- The ADRs set out design standards for vehicle safety and emissions. They are developed through a consultative process involving government, industry, employee and consumer representatives.
- In reality folks just a bunch of rules and obstacles to SLOW the exporter down and tie the vehicles up causing unlimited AGGRAVATION !
Dec 10, 2012
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 Australia”.
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 matter further.
Chief Operating Officer
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Department of Infrastructure and Transportlog
Australian politics and law enforcement has a long history of corruption, pay-offs,etc. This is easily accessible on the web and my previous posts.
The Australian press/media fails to honor their
responsibilities of thoroughly investigating and exposing the incredible depths of this, probably because
they are owned and controlled by the very few billionaire monopolies...bed partners and financial backers
of the culprits who rule Australia from the top down !
In fact I can personally attest that Australia is NOT the land
of opportunity it's government, tourism and business promoters boldly lauds and professes it to be with vortexes of televised and published hype.....but rather a country that desperately needs and attracts immigrants to do the work Australia's ME generation, many of them junkies, won't do ! The whole place is owned lock, stock and barrel by a SMALL handful of greedy,hoarding, dictatorial bullies to who'm sharing prosperity is their worst nightmare !
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An Australian mate of mine has just returned to Victoria after more than 20 years living in the UK. He has been shocked at the level of bureaucracy, legislation and restriction imposed on him by the authorities