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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 33

(Question No. 1567)

Senator Morris asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 4 December 1986:

(1) Is the Minister for Aviation aware of adverse effects on the tourist industry in northern Queensland caused by recent allegations concerning Cairns International Airport.

(2) Can the Minister advise:

(a) are safety standards at that airport adequate

(b) are any changes planned

(c) what steps can be taken to restore tourist confidence in the Cairns Airport.

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

(1) No.

(2) (a) Safety standards at Cairns airport are considered to be adequate for the current degree and complexity of air traffic.

(b) My Department has an on-going Australia-wide review of air traffic workloads. In line with this programme my Department has recently engaged a consultant to review Australia's air traffic system. Changes at Cairns and elsewhere, may be implemented after full consideration of the consultant's report.

(c) I am not aware of any lack of tourist confidence in Cairns airport. Australia's overseas carrier, Qantas, has stated publicly that standards at Cairns are quite safe and satisfactory for their present operations.