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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 117

(Question No. 668)

Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 8 November 1985:

What steps can the Government take to upgrade security checks on Ansett and TAA passengers to bring them to the responsible level undertaken by Qantas as indicated in the answer to Question on Notice No. 512 (see Hansard, 5 November 1985, p. 1603), in view of the increasing community concern about the ever increasing level of hijacks and other dangers to passengers and the public at large.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Passenger security screening arrangements at Australian airports are under continuous review. The present airline security arrangements permit domestic airlines to undertake preboarding screening of passengers on an agreed percentage of randomly selected flights departing from designated airports. The arrangements allow for the screening of passengers on any domestic airline flight to which a threat could apply. The screening arrangements may be upgraded at short notice to cover 100 per cent of departing domestic airline flights should that be necessary.