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Tuesday, 22 November 1960

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

What consultation or action has been taken to secure complementary State legislation since the passage of the Civil Aviation (Damage by Aircraft) Act 1958 and the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959?

Mr Townley (DENISON, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - The Minister for Civil Aviation has supplied the following answer: -

There has been correspondence with State governments on both matters and also discussions. At the meeting of the Australian Transport Advisory Council held on 19th July, 1960, the Commonwealth and State Ministers, after full discussion, reached positive conclusions concerning the extension of the principles of the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959 to intra-state carriage. Further action is contemplated as soon as the recommendations of the council have been approved by State governments. As I have indicated on a previous occasion, a substantial part of the Civil Aviation (Damage by Aircraft) Act, especially the chapters relating to enforcement of foreign judgments and international insurance practices, does not involve any question of complementary State legislation. Two States - Victoria and New South Wales - already have legislation dealing with damage by aircraft and at least one other State is known to have such legislation in contemplation.

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