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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Air) - The right honorable member's question has application to the whole of Australia, as many requests are being received for the development of aerodromes throughout the Commonwealth. It is true that some aerodromes which were in use during the war are not now considered suitable, in view of the higher standards necessary to ensure safe travel. From time to time the Commonwealth Government has made skilled officers available to advise local governing bodies as to suitable sites for aerodromes and their development. That policy will be continued. Requests for the services of surveyors and engineers to inspect sites have been received in such numbers that, sufficient skilled men to do the work are not available. Consequently, the right honorable gentleman may have to wait for some time for his request to be complied with, but I assure him that I am sympathetic towards the idea of lending the services of skilled technicians to advise local governing bodies in all matters affecting; aerodromes. I shall endeavour to have an officer made available as soon as possible to report on the matters to which the right honorable gentleman has referred, but I cannot promise him that that will be done in the immediate future.

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