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Tuesday, 6 April 1971

Senator COTTON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   The International Civil Aviation Organisation prescribes standards to ensure that an acceptable level of safely is achieved in international civil aviation operations and Australia, as a member State, actively participates in the development of these requirements.

The standards cover pilot experience and all other aspects which have a bearing on the safety of international operations.

(2)   The safety of Australian citizens has always been considered of paramount importance and as sufficient cause for action to be taken to ensure that inexperienced flight crews employed by overseas airlines do nol operate in Australia.

The international and Australian safety standards which have been in force for many years are constantly under review by the Department of Civil Aviation and the International Civil Aviation Organisation. These standards ensure, as far as possible, the safety of Austraiian citizens and all others who may be affected by the operation of aircraft in Australia.

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