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Wednesday, 10 April 1946


Mr CHIFLEY - The matter of the renewal of the Federal Aid Roads grant has not recently come up for consideration by the Government, although, as honorable members are aware, it is due for renewal or revision at a. fairly early date. The most that I oan say is that the honorable member's suggestion will be examined. I cannot imagine that the funds now available would be adequate to provide for the construction and maintenance of not only roads but also airfields. The provision of air facilities involves a fairly heavy expenditure, .as the honorable member knows.


Mr Bernard CORSER - I have asked only that local authorities be assisted.


Mr CHIFLEY - I take it- that the honorable member is referring to municipal councils, and bodies of that kind. There have been continuous demands by local governing bodies for aerodromes all over the country. Before the Government incurs expenditure on such facilities, it must have before it a wellconsidered and definite plan which will1 have regard to the transport needs of this country in the future. It is of no use to erect small aerodromes which are not adequate in either area or condition to meet the needs of modern aircraft. However, the matter will he examined when the agreement comes up for review.







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