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Friday, 6 December 1985
Page: 3177

Senator GIETZELT —Yesterday Senator Walters asked a question of Senator Grimes, who was acting on my behalf. He undertook to supply an answer before Parliament adjourned. The answer is that it is true that some overseas--

Senator Gareth Evans —Incorporate it.

Senator GIETZELT —I have been asked by honourable senators opposite that these matters be read out. I am responding to that request.

Senator Chipp —We will give you leave to incorporate it.

Senator GIETZELT —I seek leave to incorporate the document in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The document read as follows-

It is true that some overseas owned freighter aircraft fly out of Australia without a full load. Consistent with their commercial rights under the applicable air services agreement, however, loadings achieved by scheduled carriers on their services to/from Australia are essentially a reflection of their commercial judgment and the market dynamics applying at the time.

Scheduled freighter aircraft to which the honourable senator may be referring are operated by Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, Japan Airlines and Flying Tigers (Flying Tigers operates inbound only as a scheduled service). The outbound legs of Flying Tigers flights frequently operate as livestock charters to points in South East Asia.

Far from being protected from these overseas operators referred to above, Qantas has in fact concluded commercial arrangements for its participation in the joint provision of dedicated freighter capacity with Lufthansa, Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Qantas and Cathay Pacific provide the B747 freighter service from Australia to Hong Kong using a Lufthansa B747 freighter. Qantas has advised that its reservation system gives equal priority to Tasmanian origin cargo as to cargo from any other source.

In addition, a revised freight charter policy has recently been announced that now permits operators of outbound charter flights carrying primary produce to carry consolidated general freight on the inbound leg of the flight. This is designed to provide an incentive for the carriage of primary produce by improving the viability of such flights. Of particular note is the new provision where primary produce exports can be picked up from more than one of Australia's `secondary gateways' (Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Norfolk Island, Port Hedland and Townsville). It is now up to exporters and aircraft operators to take advantage of the revised policy.