Wednesday, 15 October 2008
1999 Montreal Convention
by leave—I wish to make a short statement. The government opposes this motion, not because it is without merit but because it is unnecessary. After years of inaction by the previous government, the Rudd government has moved quickly to pass legislation—in June this year—to implement the 1999 Montreal Convention. The government is now finalising the formal accession process. Following approval by the executive council, an instrument of accession will be lodged with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and the legislation will enter into force 60 days later in accordance with Article 53 of the Convention. In adopting the Montreal Convention, we delivered in seven months what the previous government failed to achieve in eight years. It is quite ironic, therefore, that members of the opposition are apparently supporting this motion. When they had the opportunity to do something to protect international airline passengers, they did not. Their support for this motion is, quite frankly, hypocritical, and does not absolve them from eight years of neglect.