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Thursday, 2 September 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The Minister will be happy to take an early opportunity of perusing the article, which has not yet come under official notice.

2.   Various measures have been proposed as preliminary and definite steps with regard to commercial aviation and for defence purposes, but as it is desirable to first more closely define the policy to which the Commonwealth Government will be committed, and to determine the basis upon which the funds will be provided, the Minister is engaged in an investigation of the lines upon which action might proceed and the field which would be left to State, municipal, or private exploitation.

Proposals in regard to air defence will shortlybe placed before Parliament. As already indicated, 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, action to this end is progressing.

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