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Thursday, 29 March 1979
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Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 1 March 1979:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to a report in the Airworthiness Advisory Circular (No. 106- November 1978) relating to fire hazards arising through fuel leaks in Queenair and Twin Bonanza aircraft.

(2)   If so, what was the specific nature of the incidents referred to in the report.

(3)   On what dates, at what locations and by whom was each of the aircraft operated when each of the incidents occurred.

(4)   What immediate action has been taken by his Department to reduce the particularly hazardous level of the leaks.


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

(1)   Airworthiness Advisory Circulars are information documents issued principally to maintenance personnel throughout the industry and are used to draw attention to potentially hazardous conditions or mainenance practices. The circular in question contained an article warning against a potential hazard in using PVC tape to tie back lines or controls. It pointed out that proper clips firmly anchored should be used for the purpose.

(2)   Only one specific incident is referred to and concerns a case where PVC tape had been used to tie back a Bowden type engine control cable to structure adjacent to the fuel vapour line. The PVC tape, which had a fold in it, formed a knife edge which chafed the soft aluminium fuel line at two places and had penetrated the wall of the line at one point.

(3)   On 5 June 1978 at Cairns, in Beech 65-A80 Queenair VH-TGC operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the condition noted was found following the detection of a smell of fuel in the cockpit by the pilot.

(4)   It was not a question of the level of leaks being hazardous which gave rise to the article. Fuel leaks at any time can be hazardous and any specific incident is investigated to see what countermeasures should be taken. The Airworthiness Advisory Circular was action decided upon in that particular instance. An another example, my Department has recently approved an airworthiness directive to require the replacement of aluminium fuel pipes in wheel-well areas of Beech Queenair and Twin Bonanza aircraft with fireproof stainless steel pipes.

Imports of Peas from New Zealand (Question No. 3355)


Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Trade and Resources, upon notice, on 6 March 1979:

(   1 ) What was the quota or guideline for pea imports from New Zealand, as determined by the pea and bean panel, for the years for which one was set, and what were the actual imports of peas for those years.

(2)   At what stage are current negotiations and what is the position of the Australian growers, Australian processors and New Zealand growers on this issue.


Mr Anthony - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(   1 ) There is no quota on imports of frozen peas from New Zealand. Frozen peas are on Schedule A of NAFTA and are accordingly traded across the Tasman free of duty. They are specifically referred to in an Exchange of Letters appended to NAFTA as a product on which it was agreed that neither country would maintain quantitative import restrictions against imports from the other country.

The Joint Australia/New Zealand Pea and Bean Industry Panel reaches an annual understanding on a 'quantitative guidelines estimate', the volume of New Zealand frozen peas likely to be exported to Australia in the ensuing calendar year. Where this guideline is substantially exceeded further consultations are held.

The following table compares actual imports of frozen peas from New Zealand with the guideline agreed by the Joint Panel since 1 969.

 

(2)   Imports of frozen peas from New Zealand in 1978 totalled approximately 2,900 tonnes, considerably more than the 1,400 tonnes expected under the agreed guideline even allowing for some additional imports to cover local production shortfalls. Australian industry is concerned at the effects of imports at this level and Australian officials are currently involved in consultations with New Zealand officials on behalf of the respective industries. Through these consultations Australian growers and processors are seeking to establish more effective guidelines for New Zealand exports of frozen peas to Australia in 1 979.

The New Zealand industry has confirmed its willingness, through the use of the guideline concepts, to seek mutually satisfactory arrangements between the two industries, on shipments of New Zealand peas to Australia in 1 979.







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