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Wednesday, 30 August 1989
Page: 592

Senator NEWMAN —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence: What happens to the proceeds of ticket sales for people transported on Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft during the pilots dispute? Does the money go to the Department of Defence? If so, how much of the operating costs does it cover? Does it go to one or other of the domestic airlines or into Consolidated Revenue? What is the total estimated cost so far of the RAAF airlift? Will the already depleted defence budget have to bear this cost or will it be reimbursed by the Government? Is it correct that RAAF crews and maintenance staff are working up to 16 hours a day without, of course, the civilian entitlement to overtime? Is it also correct that the biennial review of pay and allowances of all members of the Defence Force is nearly two years overdue?

Senator RICHARDSON —The efforts of the RAAF during this time of great difficulty caused by the pilots strike have been magnificent, for which it is being applauded right around Australia. I think that is the important thing to acknowledge. I do not know what we are doing with the money from the tickets sold. I will let Senator Newman know either later on today or tomorrow.