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Wednesday, 13 May 1981
Page: 2287

The Clerk-Petitions have been lodged for presentation as follows and copies will be referred to the appropriate Ministers:

Proposed Sale of Trans-Australia Airlines

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

Many Australians depend almost exclusively upon Trans-Australia Airlines for the provision of essential air services.

The Federal Liberal Party policy objective of selling Trans-Australia Airlines within 4 years is contrary to the national interest.

Sale of Trans-Australia Airlines would inevitably result in:

(i) the creation of a private monopoly of major airline services in Australia;

(ii) higher domestic air fares.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House of Representatives will reject outright any proposal to sell Trans-Australia Airlines.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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