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Tuesday, 23 July 1946

Dr GAHA - I noticed in the newspapers recently that certain private airlines had under consideration a service between Sydney and Hobart. In reply to a question which I asked some .time ago, the Minister for Air informed me that the National Airlines Commission would not operate that route at present because certain safety equipment, such as the radio-hearn had not been installed. I ask the Minister whether private airlines -have advantages, such as safety devices, which the National Airlines will not have? Will the honorable gentleman .indicate when the commission is likely to operate a service between Sydney and Hobart?

Mr DRAKEFORD - The private airlines will not be granted any privileges of which the government-owned airlines will not be able to avail themselves, and the National Airlines will not be granted any privileges which the private airlines may not utilize. If the honorable member referred to the projected service between Sydney and Hobart, I inform him that all safety appliances must be functioning before either government or private airlines will be allowed to operate that route.

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