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Thursday, 8 November 1973

Senator WITHERS (Western AustraliaLeader of the Opposition) -The Opposition supports this Bill. In accordance with our normal policy in regard to Bills to which we are not opposed, we will give it as speedy a passage as possible. This is the tenth Bill to be passed by the Senate this afternoon. As the Minister for Primary Industry (Senator Wriedt) has said, the primary purpose of this Bill is to obtain parliamentary approval for the insertion of a new protocol as the Eighth Schedule to the principal Act. This protocol of amendment to the Chicago Convention increases the number of members of the Air Navigation Commission from 12 to 15. This proposition was endorsed by the previous Liberal-Country Party Government 2 years ago, when Senator Cotton, as Minister for Civil Aviation, led the Australian delegation to the International Civil Aviation Organisation's assembly session held in Vienna in mid- 1 97 1 .

This Bill merely provides the machinery to include this amendment, which was supported unanimously by the member states of ICAO, in our statutes. The Air Navigation Commission has played an important role in the establishment of international standards for the operation of safe and efficient air services by international airlines. Any move that will strengthen and facilitate the work of the Commission, which is becoming more complex with the technological advances being made in air navigation, must be supported wholeheartedly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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