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Tuesday, 22 November 1938


Mr SHEEHAN - Is it a fact that Captain E. C. Johnston is to be appointed permanent head of the Civil Aviation Department? If so, does not the Minister think it proper that the appointment should be delayed until the committee now inquiring into the Kyeema disaster has presented its finding?


Mr THORBY - No person was mentioned in the official statement, which was to the effect that the ControllerGeneral, whoever that person might be, would become head of the Civil Aviation Department. It was the newspapers that mentioned the name of Captain E. C. Johnston.


Mr SHEEHAN - Does the Minister think it proper that the re-organization of the commercial air routes of Australia should be carried out before the report of the Air Accidents Investigation Committee, which is inquiring into the Kyeema disaster, is presented ?


Mr THORBY - The committee inquiring into the Kyeema disaster is inquiring into a specific matter, and not into the general administration of the department.







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