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Friday, 8 May 1942

Sir GEORGE BELL (DARWIN, TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister for Air whether an inquiry is held into each air crash that occurs in Australia? What form does the inquiry take? Is it a departmental inquiry? Is the personnel of the inquiring body similar in each case, or is a special tribunal appointed which deals with all air crashes *

Mr DRAKEFORD - An officer is appointed who, I understand, is entirely independent of the Air Staff. He has full opportunity to examine all witnesses, and to make a thorough- investigation. He furnishes a report to the department, giving what is believed to be the cause or causes of the accident. A copy of the report is supplied to me. I am at liberty to ask that further inquiries be made, should that be considered necessary. Sines I have been Minister for Air, a complete and most informative report has been furnished in respect of every accident that has occurred. In my view, the two officers who have successively carried out these duties have made thorough inquiries and furnished very reliable information. I do not know of any reason for changing the existing system.

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