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Tuesday, 3 May 1932


Mr FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister in charge of War Service Homes) - On the 29th April, the honorable member for Richmond (Mr. R. Green) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   Have any representations been made to the Government asking that the valuable services of Air-Commodore Charles Kingsford Smith bo retained in the Commonwealth?

2.   It so, what reply has been given by the Government to such representations?

3.   If the reply is adverse will the Government give further consideration to the matter, so that this very gallant airman may continue to assist Australia in aviation matters?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Those who have made such representations have been informed that there is no departmental vacancy to which Air-Commodore Kingsford Smith could be appointed, nor are funds available which could be utilized to provide for a suitable appointment.

3.   The Government is not unmindful of the valuable services to Australian aviation rendered by Air-Commodore Kingsford Smith, but is unable to indicate any immediate prospect of overcoming the difficulties which now preclude his employment in the service of the Government.







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