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Thursday, 20 May 1993
Page: 966


Senator IAN MACDONALD (3.07 p.m.) —by leave—I move:

  That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Defence (Senator Robert Ray), in response to a question without notice asked by Senator Brownhill this day, relating to the certification by the Civil Aviation Authority of aircraft being sold by the RAAF.

The matter possibly involves Senator Collins as well. The question relates to the aircraft that are being sold. I have been contacted by the Broadmeadows College of Technical and Further Education about the sale of those aircraft. The college, or someone associated with it, is interested in looking at them. I understand that it is being suggested that an amount of $40,000 will need to be spent on those aircraft to bring them up to a standard that will allow them to be registered, so that they can be flown in civilian air space. The RAAF has in the past been flying them in civilian air space. The query is raised as to why they should now require these modifications to enable them to fly in the same air space.

  There is a suggestion, from the CAA to the air training corps, that a waiver is not possible for use by cadets of these aircraft in a flying-training role. I ask either Senator Ray or Senator Collins to indicate whether they would be prepared to consider an exemption for air training corps from the CAA requiring these qualifications so that the aircraft can be used by cadets for flying training purposes only. The matter is a fraction urgent because the auction is on at the end of this week, I understand, and these people are interested in some response to this before they consider their position in bidding at the auction.