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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 2928


Senator MacGIBBON(9.14) —I would like to bring up the matter of the expenditure of $800,000 for providing 50 hours of flying time to every pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force who is in a desk job. The witness who answered that question did not go into much detail and he left me with the impression that the RAAF was exploring the possibility of doing this. Can the Minister tell me whether it is a firm proposition to provide every pilot in a desk bound job with 50 hours flying a year and, if so, will it be done through the local charter operators? Has no-one had second thoughts about the expenditure of $800,000 for this purpose?