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Wednesday, 21 October 1964

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) .- I refer also to Division No. 140, sub-division 1 - Maintenance and Operation, and the regulations applicable at Sydney (KingsfordSmith) Airport. Can something be done to alter the present set-up of defined areas for taxi ranks? Recently, along with other members of the Parliament and several other passengers - a dozen people - I was standing at the taxi rank but no taxis were coming there. They were all going to the front entrance of the main terminal. After we had been waiting half an hour or more, one of the members went over and asked the attendant whether it was possible to divert the taxis to the rank rather than have them all go to the front entrance. The attendant said: "There is no authority for me to do that. You will just have to get one in any way that you can ". The people who were at the authorised taxi rank were not getting any service at all. That is a matter that should be looked into by the Department.

I now refer to another matter. In view of the fact that most of the pilots who were trained in the Air Force during the 1939-45 war, and who supplied the overwhelming bulk of pilots for our commercial airlines, are getting to the retiring age, has the Department any co-ordinated plan for the training of pilots equivalent in numbers to (hose who will have to be replaced in the very near future? 1 understand that our own international airline has started a school for training pilots and is recruiting. This is a very important matter and I should like the Minister to say whether and to what extent such training is being done by our domestic airlines.

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