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16th Assembly of International Civil Aviation Organisation, Buenos Aires

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(Address by R. W. Swartz, Minister for Civil Aviation, Australia)

Mr. President, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

On behalf of the Government of Australia and the Australian

Delegation to this 16th Assembly of IQ O, I express our gratitude to the Government

of Argentina and the City of Buenos hires, for their warm welmome and generous

hospitality. It is indeed an honour and a pleasure for us to meet in this

lovely city, in a country which is situated in the same hemisphere as my own and

which has much in common with Australia in its climate and resources.

Australia is very appreciative of the excellent work done through

the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The promulgation of standards, practices and procedures through

the annexes to the convention and associated documentation, has provided a sound

basis for the planning and development of airports and airways systems.

The availability of ICAO specifications and guidance material has

also made an important contribution towards planning and implementing safe and

efficient aviation systems.

We are particularly interested in ensuring the development of a

balanced air transportation system with future generations of aircraft, and are

gratified to see that this Assembly will consider the application of systems

planning to the introduction of new aircraft types.

Australia shares the preoccupation of other States with the

development of new families of largo capacity aircraft, and the effects of their

introduction into service.

Because of the size and location of Australia, we are faced with

upgrading at least five of our major airports to the necessary standards.

Whilst the airlines will be responsible for the efficient and economic

exoioitation of the new aircraft, Civil Aviation administrations will be faced

with greater safety problems, My Delegation has prepared a paper on this subject

to promote discussion on some of the problems.


I would now-like to take the opportunity of referring to the

problem of aircraft noise. I am aware that this matter will be considered by the

executive committee in relation to the introduction of supersonic aircraft. But

I believe there is a very pressing need for the good work of the London Noise

Conference, The International Organisation for Standardisation, and ICAO, to

proceed with due haste.

It is gratifying to note that the general question of aircraft noise

is now included in the ICAO programme of activity, and it would appear, in the

normal course of events, that standards, rocornraended practices and guidance material

would be developed for inclusion in perhaps t',ro or three of the existing annexes

to the convention.

However, m r talogation believos that 1011 should give serious

thought to the manner of proceeding with its approach to the problem. It has been

said, that 101W should regard the aircraft noise problem as now approaching an

importance akin to that of safety, regularity and economic operation, and

Australia agrees with this view.

The problem is so serious at many of the world's airports, that

members of communities are beginning to doubt the economic and social advantages

of Aviation, because of the impact of noise on their daily lives.

We put it to the Assembly that there appears to be ample justification

for the establishment of a separate annex, to deal with the question of noise, and

we believe such an annex could properly be developed under Article 37 of the


This would have the effect of giving this very serious problem the

prominence it deserves, thereby creating a bettor understanding of it, and ensuring

uniformity in the application of remedial measures throughout the Aviation world.

Recently the Australian Government adopted a revised policy aimed at

stimulating charter flights, as a means of making international air travel available

to larger numbers of people.Because of the long distances separating Australia

from other areas of the world, fares are relatively higher.




We are therefore continuing to explore means of making charter flights increasingly available for passengers travelling to and from Australia.

A minimum rate per passenger for charter flights which remains in

effect under our policy, has been reduced to a level lower than that of

corresponding group fares an scheduled services.

This concession has already produced a most encouraging response

and the volume of charter flights is rapidly growing.

The matter of international air fares has always been a subject of

controversy and speculation. The Australian Government believes that the

established I.L].T.A. machinery should continue to be treated by governments as

a basic guide to the establishment of the scheduled airlines fare structure.

A growing number of groups and organisations throughout the world,

who are concerned with air safety, see vital importance in the free exchange of

information relating to air safety incidents, and in the dissemination of the

valuable data which is derived from the investigation of incidents.

Australia shares this conviction and we believe that few States would

seriously contest the need for, or importance of, such an exchange, but we arc

conscious that some might see difficulties in implementation.

We feel that such problems are not insuperable, and we invite

States to bear in mind the significant benefits to be gained from the fullest

exchange of safety information. Whilst it is true that ICAO has made a small

beginning in this matter, Australia believes that it is now appropriate that the

'organisation tackle this subject with increased rigour.

My Delegation believes that aeronautical satellite communications in

the future are going to be most important and we are gratified to observe the

interest which ICKO is taking in this matter.

Once again the Assembly has to deal with a large agenda, but we are

confident that the problems or issues will be handled in a spirit of

co-operation and oodwill, and that our deliberations will be both harmonious

and beneficial to the future world of Aviation.