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Airline Equipment (Loan Guarantee) Act 1976

Authoritative Version
Act No. 140 of 1976 as made
An Act relating to the Provision of certain Equipment for a Domestic Airline
Date of Assent 02 Dec 1976
Date of repeal 22 Sep 1999
Repealed by Statute Stocktake Act 1999

AIRLINE EQUIPMENT (LOAN GUARANTEE) ACT 1976

No. 140 of 1976

An Act relating to the Provision of certain Equipment for a Domestic Airline.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen, and the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:—

Short title.

1. This Act may be cited as the Airline Equipment (Loan Guarantee) Act 1976.

Commencement.

2. This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Issue of securities deemed to be a borrowing.

3. For the purposes of this Act, the issue of promissory notes or other securities in consideration of the payment of moneys or the provision of credit shall be deemed to be a borrowing to the extent of the amount of those moneys or that credit.

Guarantee of certain loans.

4. (1) The Treasurer may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, at the request of Ansett Transport Industries Limited and subject to the conditions required by this Act, give guarantees in respect of the liability of Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Proprietary Limited to pay the principal moneys, and interest, secured by promissory notes or other securities related to the borrowing of moneys by Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Proprietary Limited for expenditure in connexion with the purchase by it of a Boeing 727-200 aircraft and related spare parts and equipment.

(2) A guarantee or guarantees shall not be given under sub-section (1) in respect of moneys borrowed in the currency of the United States of America, or in any other currency, exceeding in the aggregate $8,000,000 in the currency of the United States of America.

(3) For the purposes of sub-section (2), the amount of a borrowing in a currency other than the currency of the United States of America shall be taken to be the amount in the currency of the United States of America that was equivalent to the first-mentioned amount at the date of the borrowing, as ascertained by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Conditions of guarantees.

5. For the purpose of the protection of the financial interests of the Commonwealth, the Treasurer shall not give a guarantee under section 4 unless—

(a) the moneys are borrowed on terms and conditions that the Treasurer is satisfied are reasonable;

(b) proper security to the satisfaction of the Treasurer is, or is to be, given to the Commonwealth over the aircraft, spare parts and equipment to which the borrowing relates;

(c) undertakings to the satisfaction of the Treasurer are given that the aircraft, spare parts and equipment over which security is to be taken in accordance with paragraph (b)—

(i) will be insured, and kept insured, against all risks that it is customary to insure, and to their full insurable value;

(ii) will not be sold or made the subject of a mortgage or charge having priority over the security to the Commonwealth in respect of the guarantee; and

(iii) will not be taken out of Australia for a destination that is not in Australia or a Territory except after the furnishing of such security as the Treasurer requires;

(d) undertakings to the satisfaction of the Treasurer are given that, so long as the amount borrowed, or any interest on that amount, remains unpaid—

(i) officers of the Australian Public Service will have full access at all reasonable times to the financial accounts of Ansett Transport Industries Limited and Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Proprietary Limited when authorized in writing by the Minister for that purpose; and

(ii) each of those companies will do everything within its power to ensure that the officers so authorized have similar access to the financial accounts of any company or firm in which that company at any time has, whether directly or indirectly, a controlling interest; and

(e) such other conditions as the Treasurer thinks necessary are fulfilled.

Delegation.

6. (1) The Treasurer may, either generally or as otherwise provided by the instrument of delegation, by writing signed by him, delegate to an officer of the Department of the Treasury any of his powers or functions under this Act, other than this power of delegation.

(2) A power or function so delegated, when exercised or performed by the delegate, shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have been exercised or performed by the Treasurer.

(3) A delegate is, in the exercise or performance of a power or function so delegated, subject to the directions of the Treasurer.

(4) A delegation under this section does not prevent the exercise of a power

or the performance of a function by the Treasurer.