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Thursday, 27 April 1961

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - I address a question to the Prime Minister. Is it a fact that the Australian Government has concluded negotiations with the New Zealand Government for the sale to New Zealand of Australia's share in Tasman Empire Airways Limited, in order to facilitate the sale of that organization to Ansett-A.N.A.? Also, is it a fact that when this sale takes place to this private-enterprise company, at a bargain price, Ansett-A.N.A. will have a monopoly of the air traffic between Australia and New Zealand? Will the Prime Minister arrange for a full statement to be made on this matter, and on the position which arose at Easter-time this year, when Ansett-A.N.A. successfully defied the Department of Civil Aviation and introduced additional aircraft on its main traffic routes, to the disadvantage of TransAustralia Airlines?

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