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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Dr GAHA (DENISON, TASMANIA) - I understand that expansion of the Cambridge aerodrome is being investigated. I doubt whether an aerodrome so far removed from Hobart, which it is supposed to serve, makes air travel any great advantage to the city, but, in the event of the investigation disclosing that the aerodrome connot be expanded to meet the needs of civil aviation, will the Minister for Civil Aviation consider the establishment of a high-class flying boat service on the eastern' littoral " of Australia?

Mr DRAKEFORD - It is' quite unlikely that flying boats could be used in the existing commercial land services, or in land services likely to be established' in the future. I shall examine the matter to see whether a more satisfactory service can be established. An investigation has already been made into the adequacy of the Cambridge aerodrome, and I have been advised that the aerodrome can be extended to meet likely requirements in the future. Without wishing to raise any controversy on the matter, I believe that the Cambridge aerodrome at present is adequate to meet the normal requirements of the population in the southern portion of Tasmania.

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