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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1527

Mr O'KEEFE (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister for National Development who is representing the Minister for Civil Aviation in this chamber. I ask: Under present Department of Civil Aviation regulations, is it illegal for owners of private light aircraft to accept payment for flights? Have prosecutions taken place over the years for infringements of this law? Is it necessary to alter the regulations to modernise an unjust situation? Can the Minister inform the House when legislation will be brought down to amend the law in this regard?

Mr SWARTZ - I will have to draw on my memory in regard to the background of the issue of licences for specific purposes. I can recall that when I was Minister for Civil Aviation a few years ago it was a fact, and I think it still is, that a private licence holder was not permitted to carry passengers for profit. To the best of my knowledge that situation still , applies at present. This arrangement, of course, has been implemented for an obvious reason. Special licences are issued for commercial purposes and .people who are engaged in charter or airline operations do so at great cost to themselves for profit and they must have some protection in that field.

However, I do know that, marginal circumstances arise from time to time in relation to special cases. I do not know whether this matter is being considered on a special basis at present. I shall see that the honourable member's : question is referred to my colleague in another place and that he is supplied with some information as soon as possible.

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