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Thursday, 19 August 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   I am sure that those gentlemen will be readily disposed to make available the data they have secured as a contribution to the progress of Australia's aviation, in which they have been taking such a distinguished part.

2.   The Government realize that the development of civil aviation has an important relation to air defence, and proposals in regard to this will shortly be submitted to Parliament. Meanwhile, the Minister for Defence is engaged in an examination of the extent to which the Commonwealth will be associated with the organization of these activities with a view to ascertaining the lines upon which action might proceed, and the field which would be left to State, municipal, or private exploitation. A further preliminary step is the assumption by the Commonwealth of the responsibility for the regulation of air traffic. With the agreement of the Premiers of the States, a Federal Bill is now being drafted for submission this session.

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