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Tuesday, 9 May 1939

Mr Sheehan n asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Is the flying boat base at Rose Bay now to be permanent and not temporary as originally announced by the Minister?

2.   Has the plan to construct a modern airport on the shores of Botany Bay been abandoned ?

3.   Will there be developments in empire air services in the next ten years? If so, will the Rose Bay base be efficient to cope with increased traffic?

Mr Fairbairn - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows ." - 1 and 2. The decision to investigate what is involved in the provision of a' suitable and permanent flying boat base in Botany Bay has not been abandoned, but extreme pressure of other urgent work has prevented commencement of such investigation. It is known that this work would involve a very large expenditure which cannot be contemplated at the present time. The permanency of the flying boat base at Rose Bay will have to be considered in the light of any decision that may be reached concerning Botany Bay.

3.   It can bc anticipated that there will be developments in the empire air service in the next ten years. I have no reason to believe that Rose Bay cannot be developed to cope with any increase that may occur in the flying boat traffic.

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