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Monday, 15 October 1973
Page: 2074

Mr STREET (Corangamite) - -The Opposition supports this Bill. As the Minister for Civil Aviation (Mr Charles Jones) has said, its primary purpose is to obtain Parliamentary approval for the insertion of a new protocol as the Eighth Schedule to the principal act. The protocol of amendment to the Chicago Convention increases the membership of the Air Navigation Commission from 12 to 15 members. This proposition was endorsed by the Federal Government 2 years ago when Senator Cotton, as Minister for Civil Aviation, led the Australian delegation to the International Civil Air Organisation's assembly session held in Vienna in mid-1971.

This Bill merely provides the machinery to include this amendment, which was unanimously supported 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, as the Minister said, is becoming more complex with the technological advances being made in air navigation, must be suported wholeheartedly.

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