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Tuesday, 9 May 1939

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

1.   Has he been informed that obsolete telegraph poles at Kingsford Smith Aerodrome are a danger to aircraft landing on one section of the aerodrome ?

2.   If so, has he taken any steps to remove the danger?

3.   If not, will he take action to remove this hazard to pilots?

Mr Fairbairn - I have no knowledge that there are any telegraph poles at Kingsford Smith Aerodrome which are a danger to aircraft. Certain overhead telephone lines on the north of the aerodrome are to bo removed when the northerly extension of the landing area is brought into use.

AirCourt of Inquiry.

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

When will the promise given on the 12th December last that an Air Court of Inquiry would be established to deal with air crashes of a serious nature be fulfilled?

Mr Fairbairn - I am attending to this matter in consultation with the Attorney-General, and I hope to be able to make a definite announcement in the. early future. air-mailservices.

Mr.White asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   What is the amount of subsidy per annum paid to Qantas Empire Airways for carriage of air mails?

2.   What is the sum total of subsidies paid for air-mail transport in Australia?

3.   What proportion of overseas mail is carried onwards by flying boat from Darwin?

4.   How is South Australian and Western Australian overseas air mail delivered to Adelaide and Perth?

5.   What subsidy is paid to Qantas Empire Airways for its Queensland-Darwin service?

6.   What weight of air mail has been carried each year by Qantas Empire Airways land service to and from Darwin since the flyingboat service has been established?

7.   What is the approximate cost to Australia for Quantas Empire Airways flying bases and other expenditure, including Royal Australian Air Force and Civil Aviation Department inspections and reconnaissance?

8.   What further expenditure is contemplated on the Qantas Empire Airways route during the next five years?

Mr.Fairbairn. - Inquiries are being made and the information sought by the honorable member will be furnished as soon as possible.

Mr.Curtin asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Does the Perth to Darwin air-mail contract expire about October of this year?

2.   If so, what steps have been taken to ensure a continuance of the service? 3.Is it proposed to invite tenders from aviation companies generally, or will negotiations be conducted between the department and companies without any publictenders being invited?

Mr FAIRBAIRN (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) n. - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The five years agreement with the MacRobertsonMiller Aviation Company for the operation of the Perth-Daly Waters air service expires on the 2nd October,1939.

On the inauguration of the flying boat service in August,1938, this agreement was varied, making the northern terminal Darwin, to allow for direct communication with the incoming and outgoing empire air service. 2 and 3. Following the report of the InterDepartmental Committee on the reorganization of Australian internal air services, the Government recently decided to open negotiations with the MacRobertson-Miller Aviation Company for the operation of a Perth-Darwin air service for a further period. These negotiations are still proceeding. It is anticipated that an agreement between the Commonwealth and the company will be concluded on a satisfactory basis to both parties before the expiration of the existing contract in October next.

Lorenz Radio Beacon Patents.

Mr.Price asked the Attorney-General, upon notice -

What patent numbers are, in accordance with the Patents Act, marked upon Lorenz beacon apparatus in the possession of the Government?

Mr Hughes (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) s. - I invite the honorable member's attention to the answer given on the 29th November last to a similar question asked by him. The civil aviation authorities confirm the answer then given, namely, that no patent numbers appear on the equipment in question.

Oil Supplies for Pearlers.

Mr Perkins s. - On the 3rd May the honorable member for Wannon (Mr. Scholfield) asked for information regarding the supply of crude oil to foreign pearlers. I am now in a position to advise that crude oil from government stocks at Darwin is available both to local and foreign pearling vessels. There is, however, no difference in the price charged.

Air Travel for Members of Parliament.

Mr Perkins s. - On the 4th May the honorable member for Herbert (Mr. Martens) asked a question, without notice, regarding the deputation which waited upon the Minister for the Interior concerning members taking advantage of air travel. The representations made by the deputation were considered by Cabinet, but the request was not approved.

Alien Migration.

Mr.Perkins. - On the 5th May,the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1   . What is the number of Italian immigrants of allages admitted to Australia during the years 1935 to 1939?

2.   How many Italians left Australia during that period?

3.   How many Italians have been naturalized in the same period?

4.   Are there branches of the Italian Fascist organization "Gino Lisa " in Australia? If so, where ?

5.   Are there branches of the Nazi organization in Australia? If so, where?

6.   Is the Italian language being taughtin certain government schools in Australia?

7.   Will the Government encourage the, assimilation of aliens by approving entry only to relatives of those who are naturalized.

8.   Will the Prime Minister bringbefore State Premiers the matter of preference in land holding and water facilities to naturalized aliens, so that the creation of any racial bloc maybediscouraged ?

The Minister for the Interior has now supplied the following answers to the honorable member's questions: -

1.   From the 1st January, 1935, to the 31st March, 1939, 9,433 Italian immigrants were admitted for permanent residence.

2.   During the same period 1,420 Italian residents of Australia left permanently.

3.   Italians naturalized between the 1st January, 1935, and the 31st March, 1939, number 2,806.

4.   It is understood that there is a branch of the "Gino Lisa" in Melbourne.

5.   Inquiries are being made regarding this matter.

6.   I am advised that the Italian language is not being taught in government schools.

7.   It is not considered practical or desirable to adopt this suggestion.

8.   The matter will receive consideration.

Fisheries Research.

Mr Casey y. - On the 5th May, the hon orable member forWannon (Mr. Scholfield) asked when a report on the activities of the Commonwealth in relation to fisheries might he expected. I am now in a position to inform the honorable member that it is the intention of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research that as soon as any development or discovery of value is made a report shall be issued on that phase as is done regarding otheractivities of the council. The results obtained to date have been published in the press from time to time.

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