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Thursday, 29 March 1979
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Mr Morris asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 16 November 1978:

(   1 ) Did his Department make a submission to the Review of Australia 's International Civil Aviation Policy.

(2   ) If so, (a ) what was the substance of the submission and ( b) will he release it for the benefit of the Parliament.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Department of Transport quoted the substance of the submission made by the Department of Defence in its Report which was tabled in Parliament on 1 1 October 1978. In summary, the Defence submission said:

(a)   National Defence planning relies on the existing infrastructure of civilian transport modes. Australian airline resources provide essential capacity to Defence air transport requirements both in peace and in times of national emergency.

(   b) An Australian based and supported airline industry is vital to Australian defence. This includes both the air transport resource and the supporting facilities that allow aircraft to fly.

(c)   If suitable charter aircraft are not available in the QANTAS fleet for Defence requirements, then Defence would support:

(i)   pan charters with surplus capacity being filled by paying customers; or

(ii)   QANTAS sub-chartering Australian internal airlines when QANTAS aircraft are unsuitable or unavailable. Defence would oppose the subchartering of foreign international air carriers. '

A small part of the material in the submission is of an 'inconfidence' nature. With the exception of that part I would be happy to make the submission available to the honourable member and to anyone who wishes to see it.

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