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Wednesday, 30 June 1926

Senator THOMPSON (Queensland) . - On the question of acquisition of sites, I remind the Minister (Senator Glasgow) that some time ago he, with other Queensland senators, waited upon the Minister for Defence to urge the claims of Townsville and Rockhampton as sites for aerodromes. I should like the Minister to keep this in view. I do not expect that he will be able to tell us what the Government's policy is, but the people in the two Queensland centres mentioned are desirous of having provision made for aerodromes. If we are to depend upon a seaplane service entirely the position will be slightly different, but if provision is to be made for aeroplanes, it is highly desirable that the necessary land should be secured in those two centres without delay, because with the rapid development of Queensland, land is increasing in value from year to year, and the longer we wait the worse our position will become. Queensland in many respects is unlike other States of the Commonwealth. It has important centres established along the coastline, and each has its own hinterland. As a matter of policy, it is desirable to establish Air Farce bases at the principal centres along the Queensland coast. Perhaps the Minister can say also whether any portion of this £250,000 to be appropriated is to be made available for the development of civil aviation, because it is obvious that the more we encourage civil aviation the more likely are we to have machines and trained men available in time of war.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Home and Territories) [3.30].- I shall deal with, the latter portion of the honorable senator's question first. A portion of this money will be available to assist civil aviation. I shall be pleased to draw the* attention of the Minister for Defence to the matter of providing aerodromes or landing places for aeroplanes along the Queensland coast. .

Clause agreed to.

Preamble and title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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