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Wednesday, 11 September 1985
Page: 454


The PRESIDENT —I call Senator Townley.


Senator Cook —Tell us about South Africa.


Senator TOWNLEY —I will tell the honourable senator about South Africa at some other time. Has the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation seen the transcript of the cockpit voice recorder of the ill-fated Japan Airlines flight which recently crashed en route from Tokyo to Osaka? Is he aware that the transcript shows that air traffic control frequently called the aircraft and diverted the attention of the pilot from trying to fly the stricken aircraft? This was done on many occasions. Will the Minister ask the Department of Aviation to examine its radio procedures so that if any such emergency happens-God forbid that it should ever happen in Australia-it will make sure that the radio requirements will not divert the pilot's attention from his main task and that is flying the aircraft?


Senator GIETZELT —Senator Townley has asked me a question which clearly requires a response from the Minister for Aviation, not the Minister who represents him in this place. In view of the subject matter that Senator Townley has raised, I will be very happy to bring it to the attention of the Minister.