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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 306

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister for Air: Has he seen Press statements by Mr Foster, the Federal member for Sturt in South Australia, criticising the Minister for Immigration for using a VIP aircraft in the course of the recent oil strike? Can the Minister say whether any member of the Australian Labor Party had the use of a VIP aircraft in the same period? If so, who was the member and what was the reason for the use of a VIP aircraft.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I have had drawn to my attention the statement made by the honourable member referred to. I recall again to the Senate that approval for the use of VIP aircraft comes under 3 authorities, namely, the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Air. The rules governing use of VIP aircraft were detailed by me on and appear in Hansard of 30th September 1970. Those are the rules on which approval is based. As Minister for Air, I deal with applications from all Ministers, including the Deputy Prime Minister, as well as applications from the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. On 4th July 1 received an application from the Minister for Immigration who wanted to go to Ceduna and return by VIP aircraft on 3rd August. The application fell within the guidelines laid down and I confirmed that no commercial aircraft was available. Therefore I approved the use of a HS748 for the Minister to go to Ceduna. The ircraft travelled from Canberra to Edinburgh, Ceduna and Edinburgh and subsequently returned to Canberra. Under the existing cost of the trip was $1,379. The aircraft cost of the trip was $1,379. The aircraft carried the normal crew of 4, and also carried a navigator under training. The honourable senator asked me whether any member of the Australian Labor Party travelled in a VIP aircraft during the oil strike. There are 2 such men entitled to use VIP aircraft and one of them. Mr Barnard, travelled on a VIP aircraft on 2 occasions during that period.

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