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Thursday, 27 May 1993
Page: 1438

Senator IAN MACDONALD (10.51 a.m.) —I will not pursue this, but could the Minister for Transport and Communications (Mr Collins) tell me how much the aircraft sold for last Saturday, if he has some idea? Whilst he says $40,000 is not much money, some air cadet schools were wanting to buy them but I understand that the price was to be a couple of hundred thousand. Was it? That $40,000 extra was a lot of money. It may not mean much in safety but it is a lot of money if people are buying them. My question, which I suspect the Minister has probably answered, is: if it is safe for them to be flown by RAAF people around the airspace, why is it not safe for civilian people to fly these aircraft? They are the same aircraft. What is the difference? People out there find it hard to follow the bureaucratic regulations when RAAF pilots can fly them around but civilians cannot without spending another $40,000 on them.