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Notice given 10 June 2003

1502  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—Can a list be provided of all Defence aircraft charters over the past 5 financial years, indicating in each instance: (a) the date of charter; (b) the cost of the charter; (c) the purpose of the charter; (d) the company from which the aircraft was chartered; and (e) the type of plane that was chartered.

1503  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) On how many occasions in the past 5 financial years, has Defence chartered Ilyushin aircraft to transport equipment or Defence personnel; and (b) on each occasion, what  was: (i) the date of the charter, (ii) the cost of the charter, (iii) the purpose of the charter, (iv) the company from which the aircraft was chartered, and (v) the equipment that was being transported and/or the group of Defence personnel that was being transported.

(2) Is Defence aware of any safety concerns regarding Ilyushin aircraft.

(3) What steps were taken to ensure that the Ilyushin aircraft chartered by Defence met appropriate safety standards and standards of maintenance.

(4) Were all of the Ilyushin aircraft chartered by Defence maintained at a standard equivalent to that which the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) maintains its fleet of aircraft.

(5) (a) Does the navigation and safety equipment on board all of the Ilyushin aircraft chartered by Defence meet Australian standards; (b) is the equipment of an equivalent standard to the equipment on Australian commercial aircraft; and (c) is the equipment of an equivalent standard to the equipment on RAAF aircraft.

(6) Were all of the Ilyushin aircraft chartered by Defence crewed by Australians; if not, what was the nationality of the Ilyushin crews and their standard of accreditation.