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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 4069


Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Prime Minis ter, upon notice:

(1)   Did he have any communication with Professor Karmel between the letter of commission in relation to the Interim Schools Commission and receipt of the Karmel Report.

(2)   If so, what was the nature of the communication,

(3)   If it was a written communication, will he table a copy of it as the Minister for Education has done in relation to his communications with Professor Karmel.


Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) The only matter I wish to add to the answer I gave the honourable member on 22 October 1973 (Hansard, pages 2402 and 2403) is that I had no written communication with Professor Karmel in relation to the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission between the letter of commission and receipt of the Report.

Sydney Airport: Curfew (Question No. 1287)


Mr Cooke asked the Minister for Civil

Aviation the following question, upon notice:

(1)   Did a Boeing jet aircraft carrying the Prime Minister and his party on their trip to Japan leave Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport on the evening of Thursday, 25 October 1973.

(2)   Did the aircraft leave Sydney at 11.08 p.m.

(3)   If the position is as stated, was it in breach of the Airport curfew; if so, under what circumstances will he allow the curfew to be broken in future.


Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   The curfew restriction at Sydney (KingsfordSmith) Airport applies to the operation of jet aircraft between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The requirement is for aircraft doors to be closed for departure before 11 p.m., although the aircraft in question took off towards Botany Bay at 11.08 p.m., records indicate that the engines were started at 10.57 p.m. Since doors are closed prior to engine start, the aircraft carrying the Prime Minister and his party did not contravene the curfew regulations.







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