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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 3864

Mr GEAR(1.59) —In the short time that I have available, I would remind honourable members opposite that although they criticise the shackles and all the impediments to travel within Australia, it was their government when they were in power that imposed the two-airline policy on Australia. The speeches we have heard today are nothing more than the Liberal Party professing to support free enterprise when it is in opposition, but when it gets into power, it takes the opposite view and regulates the industry to the extent that the airline industry is regulated in Australia today.

This Government has taken a different approach. We have the Independent Review of Economic Regulation of Domestic Aviation-the May review-in place which will recommend to the Government ways in which we can adequately service the airline industry within Australia. I would like to raise the issue of air service negotiations which have been held recently with a number of countries. In all cases, Madam Speaker, these countries have sought additional entitlements for their airlines without offering commensurate benefits for Australia, as would be required under the normal fair and equal opportunity requirements of both parties for airlines. Many of the airlines involved have sought the support for their objectives of various State governments.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! It is now 2 p.m. In accordance with standing order 104 as amended for this session, the time allotted for precedence to General Business has expired. The honourable member for Canning will have leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed. The resumption of the debate will be made an order of the day for the next sitting.