No cheap used imports, for now

The Federal Government has snubbed a tax inquiry’s call to open Australia’s borders to cheaper used-car imports. Despite the Harper Review into competition policy saying the benefits of allowing buyers to import more used vehicles far outweighed the costs of protecting new-car sales, the Turnbull government’s response poured cold water on the idea. Instead, it took the side of new-car importers, citing industry-held concerns over consumer protection and community safety as reasons to “not proceed with reducing parallel import restrictions... at this time”.