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Wednesday, 21 September 1983
Page: 1072


Mr GORMAN —Can the Minister for Aviation inform the House what transpired at the extraordinary session of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Council called recently to discuss the Korean Air Lines tragedy?


Mr BEAZLEY —A number of honourable members would be aware from statements made last week that the ICAO Council had an extraordinary session on 15 September and passed a resolution directing the Secretary-General of ICAO to instigate an investigation and report to Council within 30 days. This was a joint resolution proposed by Australia and a number of other members of the Council which were equally concerned with the tragedy. The Council also directed its subsidiary body, the Air Navigation Commission, to examine ways in which a recurrence of such a tragic accident might be prevented. The triennial assembly meeting of ICAO commenced in Montreal on 20 September. The Australian delegation to the assembly is being led by the Secretary to my Department. The delegation will support fully the concept of a thorough and exhaustive inquiry into the disaster , under the auspices of the Secretary-General of ICAO, and initiatives to strengthen the security of international civil aviation. I think the assembly will provide a very useful forum through which to make absolutely certain that the concern of the international aviation community about the actions of the Soviet Union in the course of that disaster is fully brought home to that country and that an appropriate form of investigation takes place. For the interest of honourable members who may wish to read further on this matter, I table the resolution carried by the ICAO Council. I will keep honourable members informed on subsequent action by the assembly.