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Friday, 10 May 1985
Page: 1786

(Question No. 131)

Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 26 March 1985:

(1) Is the Minister for Aviation aware of the allegations contained in the book Two Years in the Aviation Hall of Doom by the prominent Australian aviator, Mr Dick Smith, which indicate that the regulations governing aspects of aviation administration in Australia are out of date.

(2) Are departmental regulations preventing the use of aircraft within Australia which are safer than those operating at present.

(3) Will the Minister consider ordering a full and independent inquiry into the Department of Aviation's operations and procedures, as is called for in the book referred to in (1) above.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) No.

(3) On 1 March 1985 the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Expenditure announced that it had decided to form a sub-committee, chaired by Mrs Ros Kelly, MP, to investigate the matters raised in Mr Smith's book. As a first step in this inquiry, the sub-committee has advertised nationally inviting submissions by 10 May 1985. The sub-committee will report to the Parliament at the conclusion of its investigation.