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Thursday, 1 December 1983
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Question No. 540

Mr Spender asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 15 September 1983:

What specific measures, whether in relation to suspension of co-operation or otherwise, does the Government intend to take with respect to Aeroflot airlines to mark the Government's condemnation of the actions of the Soviet Union in relation to the destruction of the Korean airliner.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

On 15 September the Minister for Aviation, Mr Beazley, issued a statement outlining the Government's civil aviation sanctions against the USSR in response to the Korean airliner incident. The text of the statement is as follows:

Qantas and Trans Australian Airlines have been directed by the Government to apply sanctions against Aeroflot, and other domestic airlines have been requested to co-operate in the measures.

This was announced today by the Minister for Aviation, Mr Kim Beazley, and followed yesterday's announcement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Hayden , that measures would be taken because of continued unsatisfactory responses by the USSR.

'Qantas has been directed by the Government to suspend the commercial interline arrangements it has with Aeroflot', Mr Beazley said. 'These arrangements allow either airline to issue tickets or cargo documents for carriage in which both participate.'

'In addition, both Qantas and TAA have been directed not to honour tickets or cargo documents that have been sold by Aeroflot outside Australia, and not to sell tickets or cargo documents for travel or carriage from Australia, which include travel or carriage on Aeroflot.'

'Other Australian domestic airlines have been requested by the Government to take similar action.'

'As Aeroflot does not fly to Australia it is not possible to act directly against that airline through the powers of the air navigation regulations', Mr Beazley said.

'The Government is therefore requesting all travel agents that they voluntarily apply the intended sanction against the sale of travel on Aeroflot. The Australian Federation of Travel Agents has been advised of this request.'

Mr Beasley added that, as already announced by Mr Hayden, the measures would apply for a period of sixty days unless earlier revoked because of more satisfactory responses by the USSR.