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Thursday, 8 December 1938

Mr SHEEHAN (Cook) .- I was pleased to hear the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) express appreciation of the services rendered by those associated with the activities of Parliament, but, after all, parliamentary activities are not all that count. To-night, we had a report from the Minister for Civil Aviation (Mr. Thorby) on the Kyeema disaster. We were not presented with a verbatim report of the proceedings at the inquiry, but we got an outline of them couched in general terms, which indicated that the committee had made suggestions for the future. I definitely disagree with the attitude of the Government in regard to the report. I say now to the Government that a full inquiry into the Kyeema disaster should be undertaken by either the Parliament itself, or a High Court judge. I say that because I realize the importance of aviation to this country. Many young Australians are looking to aviation as a career. They should not be asked to risk their lives in a career in which the Government is not prepared to give to them the protection that is necessary. During the recess, I hope that the Government will decide on the inquiry which I have suggested.

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