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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - The authority for flights of light aircraft from West Irian through the Territory of Papua and New Guinea down to the Australian mainland is under the control of my colleague, the Minister for Civil Aviation, and, in the case of the Territory, also the Minister for Territories. However, in the few cases where trips of this nature have been arranged for the servicing of aircraft the Department of Civil Aviation and the Department of Territories have advised my Department and full precautions have been taken to see that the aircraft are disinfected on first entry to the Australian mainland. The normal rigid quarantine regulations apply to any goods carried on the aircraft or to any personnel on board the aircraft upon arrival. So I can assure the honorable member that every precaution is taken.

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