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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr RANKIN (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - Is it a fact, as stated in Smith's Weekly and in the Brisbane press, that the Minister for the Army, with his retinue, has been making, expensive air jaunts from Sydney and .Canberra to his electorate of Capricornia in a government-owned Liberator or other aircraft for purely electioneering purposes? If so, will the Minister inform the House -how many such trips he has made in the last nine months, how. much each trip has cost the taxpayer, and whether he considers it improper' to use governmentowned aircraft and airmen, and to spend public money, in such a way for political purposes ? Is it also a fact that the Minister took a government car and driver from Canberra to Rockhampton to drive him about to meet deputations?

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