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Wednesday, 1 October 1958

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   On what principle does the Director-General of Civil Aviation grant or refuse his permission to import aircraft under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations?

2.   Are these principles incorporated in any statute, regulations or departmental instructions?

Mr Townley - The Minister for Civil Aviation has replied as follows: -

1.   The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations provide that the importation of aircraft, airframes or aircraft engines is prohibited unless the importer produces to the collector the permission in writing of the Director-General. The Customs (Import Licensing) Regulations prohibit the import of any goods without a licence. In order to import an aircraft the importer must therefore have a permit from the Director-General of Civil Aviation and an import licence from the Department of Trade. The principles which the DirectorGeneral is entitled to take into account are the airworthiness of the aircraft, its suitability for operation under Australian conditions and the immediate and long-range effects the importation of the aircraft would have on domestic civil aviation.

2.   No, except as prescribed in the above regulations.

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