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Wednesday, 14 June 2006
Page: 187


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 10 April 2006:

With reference to the Minister’s commitment, given on 21 February 2006, to raise the matter of a European air services agreement with the British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, during his visit to Australia ‘and whenever we have opportunities to meet with leaders in other parts of the world’:

(1)   Did the Minister raise this matter with Mr Blair during his visit in March 2006; if so, what response did the Minister receive; if not, why not.

(2)   Has the Minister raised this matter with other heads of government; if so, which heads of government and, in each case, what response has the Minister received; if not, why not.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   My discussion with the British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, on 28 March 2006 did include the prospect of a European air services agreement but focused on improving existing air services arrangements with the United Kingdom; and

(2)   There has been no other appropriate occasion for me to raise the matter of a European air services arrangement with other heads of government since the announcement of outcomes of the Government’s review of international air services policy on 21 February 2006.