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Thursday, 12 November 1959


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

What steps have been taken or are being taken to secure State legislation to extend the principles of the Civil Aviation (Damage by Aircraft) Act 1958 and the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959 to domestic and intra-state carriage, respectively?


Mr Townley - The Minister for Civil Aviation has replied as follows: -

A very substantial part of the Civil Aviation (Damage by Aircraft) Act 1958 relates to the recognition of foreign judgments and international insurance practices which would obviously not be suitable for extension to domestic aviation. The New South Wales Damage by Aircraft Act 1952 and the Victorian Wrongs (Damage by Aircraft) Act 1953 already apply a similar principle of liability to damage caused by aircraft within these States. This legislation followed correspondence between the Prime Minister and State Premiers. To date other States have not taken similar action, but consultation will continue. The Minister for Civil Aviation has contacted State authorities with the object of obtaining State co-operation in extending the principles of the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959 to intra-state carriage by air. The Minister's proposals are currently being examined by State authorities.







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