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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2179

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. Will he state what the Prime Minister meant when the Prime Minister yesterday stated: I would imagine that the pilots will be going back to their duty and that they will observe safety standards without complaint from now on'? Have the pilots gone back to duty or are they about to go back? If not, what did the Prime Minister mean?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - I am not here to interpret the Prime Minister's words, but I think it may be fair to say that in this instance the Prime Minister was voicing the viewpoint that would be shared by most of the Australian people, that is, that the pilots would be expected to exercise common sense, that where a safety issue was raised it would be dealt with in the normal and proper way under the procedures which are laid down by law, and that the pilots would resume and carry on their duties. I think everyone in Australia is concerned that the safety standards which have been established by law should be maintained. It is unthinkable that any government, and I hope any association of persons, would do anything to undermine the strength of those safety standards.

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