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Wednesday, 8 September 1920

Mr MARKS asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether, in recognition of the wonderful performance of Lieutenants Parer and Mcintosh, with their De Haviland 9, the Government will take steps to purchase the machine and place it with the other trophies bearing evidence of the indomitable will of the men and the high standard of efficiency displayed in the erection of the machine?

2.   In view of the testimony of Lieutenants Parer and Mcintosh that, but for the wholehearted anonymous financial support given to them by a Mr. Peter Dawson, they could not have undertaken the trip, will the Government now thank this gentleman on behalf of the people of Australia for his patriotic action in assisting these gallant Australians?

3.   In view of the press reports that the valuable. data of air currents, flying conditions, &c, logged by these airmen during the voyage may be sold, will the Government approach these aviators, as well as Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith, with a view to their valuable records becoming the property of the Commonwealth?

4.   In view of the destruction of the machine used by Lieutenants Parer and Mcintosh, as also of several of the Peace Loan machines and other commercial machines, all for want of proper landing grounds, will the Government approach the State Governments with a view to the early establishment of suitable grounds?

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