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Monday, 22 April 1985
Page: 1632


Mr PETER MORRIS (Minister for Aviation)(11.05) —We have with us tonight the leader of the cargo cult, the honourable member for the Northern Territory (Mr Everingham). He brings to the feet of this Government the things that he could not achieve as Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and that 30 years of conservative government could not achieve. I say to him again that the days of the fairy godmother are over. There is no magic money mountain down here, my friend. From now on he has to justify the expenditure. He did not achieve it. We shall not go on with the cargo cult that he was so successful in developing in the Northern Territory. He could not achieve success in the airport works there. It was on again, off again, under the conservative government. These matters are now being considered on a proper, rational and economic basis.

In respect of the statements made by the honourable member for Fadden (Mr Jull), I am sorry to hear that much of what he said is the same humbug that I heard for seven years. He had seven years to do all the things about which he talked tonight, and did nought. He had a sojourn from this place and hopped on the same bandwagon of humbug that we get from the National Party in Queensland: 'If only there were international charters paradise would reign in Queensland'. It is a little more complicated than that. He had seven years in government and found that he could not convince his colleagues to do the things that he now brings to this Government. He says: 'Why does not the Labor Government do it? The Liberal-Country Party Government could not achieve it in seven years. Why does not the Labor Government do it'?

The application from Sterling Airways was received on 26 June. Further information was provided on 7 August last year. Approval was advised on 15 August and the airline thanked the Department of Aviation for the expeditious manner in which it was dealt with. The airline subsequently withdrew the application. That was its decision. If one starts out from the honourable member's earlier premise that there was not enough time for marketing, I would have thought that any responsible business organisation would take into account lead times in obtaining international approval. Therefore, I do not accept that kind of humbug. This is the same old story that the National Party hacks in north Queensland trot out: 'Why don't we have international charter flights?' For a start, seven years of Fraser Government could not achieve this. The other matter is that no applications were received other than those which I mentioned last week. The application from All Nippon Airways has been received. Further necessary information was sought for technical reasons-not in the trivialised way in which the honourable member for Fadden referred to it earlier. That was provided on 28 March. That application is being considered, but I have to say, as did the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism (Mr John Brown) earlier today, that there has been no indication that the application is supported by the Japanese Government. The Japanese Government, under the air service agreement, has one very strict and rigid rule; that is, its operator to this country is Japan Airlines. The honourable member should go back and look at this matter. He should not raise false hopes for Queensland and should not lay at the feet of this Government the Opposition's failures and humbug.

In respect of East-West Airlines, had the honourable member read the information correctly he would have found that what I said yesterday was that Qantas Airways Ltd is the only scheduled air service operator under the Australian flag out of this country. I did not say 'the only air operator'. I am quite sure that after the honourable member reads the Press release, a copy of which I table, he will recognise that. These are two quite different matters. In the case of East-West Airlines, we have to say also that there are nine international carriers operating out of Perth. The commercial judgment of the airlines that already have rights out of Perth is not to operate the additional services they could provide. East-West seems to know better.

The situation with respect to Guam is not easy. There must be reciprocal arrangements with the United States Government. This is a complex issue which has been trivialised by the Opposition. The Opposition should get down to selling Queensland and the industry in a better fashion rather than raising these kinds of straw men, as it does from time to time. We cannot achieve in two years what the Opposition has not been able to do in 30, but at least we have an innovative policy that provides for international charters from points that are not frequently serviced by international scheduled services. We are doing something about the problem. You did nought about it.


Mr SPEAKER —The Minister required leave to table the paper. Is leave granted?


Mr PETER MORRIS —I understood that leave was not required for a Minister to table a paper.


Mr SPEAKER —I am advised that under these circumstances it is. I take it there is no objection.

Leave granted.


Mr SPEAKER —The House stands adjourned until 2 p.m. tomorrow.

House adjourned at 11.10 p.m.