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Wednesday, 2 April 1941

Senator FOLL (Queensland) (Minister for the Interior) . - I move -

That thebill he now read a second time.

On the 1st July, 1938, Act No. 13 of 1938 ratified and authorized certain agreements relating to the Empire air service between England and Australia. In the second schedule of that act, the form of agreement between Qantas Empire Airways Limited and the Commonwealth of Australia was approved. Included in the form of agreement whichwas duly executed were certain definitions of persons and authorities concerned in the operation of this agreement. At the time the original agreement was made, the Civil Aviation Board was in operation under the Department of Defence. On the 11th

January, 1939, the Civil Aviation Board ceased to exist and the Department of Civil Aviation was constituted. The original agreement, however, provided for the Civil Aviation Board, the ControllerGeneral of Civil Aviation, and the Minister for Defence, the Secretary, Department of Defence and the Secretary, Civil Aviation Board, to carry out various matters contained in the agreement. Owing to the setting up of the Department of Civil Aviation, changes in organization have resulted and the original agreement is now operated by the Minister and Department of Civil Aviation. It is therefore necessary and convenient for the Commonwealth to enter into a supplementary agreement with Qantas Empire Airways Limited, which will provide for the deletion of titles which are no longer applicable, and the substitution of those which are now in use. These are clearly set out in the form of a supplementary agreement now included in the bill. There is no alteration in the objects secured in the original agreement. The bill simply provides for a supplementary agreement containing certain variations of definitions of titles of persons and authorities concerned in administering the agreement and ratifies the actions taken by those persons since the constitution of the Department of Civil Aviation as from the11th January, 1939.

Debate (on motion by Senator Collings) adjourned.

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