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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Mr DRAKEFORD - I answer ' the last question first, by saying that, under provisions that Were laid down by the International Conference on Civil Aviation that was 'held at Chicago last year, each nation is obliged to provide an international airport. The Government has decided that the international airport in Australia; shall "be located at Sydney. This, in my opinion, doe3 not indicate that there is to be a centralization of all civil aviation interests at Sydney. The Eagle Farm aerodrome has. been occupied up to the present by the American Air Force, and on occasions has been used by civil aircraft. It is to be taken over again by Australian authorities, and will be used as an airport for Australian air services. The air service from London to Sydney, via Singapore, was resumed to-day. So far as I am aware, it is not intended to use Brisbane as a port of call for the present. I shall make inquiries, and if that is to be the permanent intention, I shall ascertain the reasons for it and furnish them to the honorable member.

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