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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4389

Mr DONALD CAMERON (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation aware that the New Zealand Government has now granted landing rights to American charier companies wishing to take thousands of tourists to New Zealand? Is it correct that until now New Zealand stood firmly with Australia in opposition to charter carriers? Does the fact that New Zealand is going it alone cast dark shadows across the wisdom of our present day policy? Finally, is it correct that thousands of American tourists have been refused permissionto land in Australia in 1972 and that the tours for 1973 will be cancelled at the end of next January if permission is not granted? Can Australia continue to be the ostrich of the Pacific?

Mr SWARTZ - I do not think it is quite correct to express the position as the honourable member did and to say the Australia and New Zealand had been standing out against overseas charter operators coming to Australia and New Zealand. Of course, there has been a considerable amount of charter operations, both by our own international carrier and by other international carriers. But Australia has adhered very firmly in her own interests and in the interests of international aviation to the conditions of the International Air Transport Association. However, as honourable members know, there has been some change in Australia in relation to a subsidiary company being set up under Qantas Airways. Ltd specifically for charter operations, In addition, I know what my colleague in another place is giving consideration to the position of the entry of additional charter flights to Australia by other international operators. However, I am not completely in the picture as to the present position, so I will draw the attention of my colleague in another place the question that has been asked and see that a suitable answer is furnished.

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