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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr Francis (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) s asked the Minister for Air, upon notice -

1.   Has he seen the statement in a Sydney weekly paper that the forced flying of aircraft, unserviced because of an acute shortage of maintenance crews, had resulted in an alarming increase in Royal Australian Air Force air crew casualties?

2.   Is it a fact that at Mascot aerodrome in one recent week, out of twelve transport aircraft that took off for various destinations, six unfortunately failed to arrive?

3.   Will he cause an immediate investigation to be conducted into this matter, and supply advice of the result?

Mr.Drakeford.- The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   No air crew casualties in the Royal Australian Air Force Dakota transport aircraft have occurred since Dakota VH-CIZ disappeared in bad weather between Ambon and Darwin on the 19th December, 1945. The only other air crew casualty in Australia since the 19th December, 1945, occurred when a Norseman aircraft crashed in very bad weather near Iron Range. Cape York, on the 14th February, 1940, in which two air crew and one passenger were killed.

2.   No. . It is not known which week is referred to but, as stated in No. 1, there have been no Dakota transport aircraft losses since the 19th December, 1948. Aircraft are occasionally diverted from originally planned destinations, due to bad weather and to comply with the safety policy of theRoyal Australian Air Force. Minor adjustments are occasionally effected at aerodromes en route, but this practice is not uncommon in either civil or service flying activities.

3.   See replies in Nos. 1 and 2 above.

Mr Holt asked the Minister represent ing the Minister for Social Services, upon notice-

1.   What were the Social Services provided by the Commonwealth during the financial year ended the 30th June,1939, and what was the cost of each of them in that year?

2.   What were the Social Services provided in the year ended the 30th June, 1946, and what was the cost of each?

3.   What is the estimated cost of the liberalizedsocial services indicated in the FinancialStatement presented last week by the Prime Minister?

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) y. - The Minister for Social Services has supplied the following answers : -


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