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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr Ward d asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Is Butler Air Transport Limited the sole operator of air transport services to Dubbo, New South Wales?

2.   Is it a fact that, as a result of the frequency with which this company's aircraft fail to run to time schedules, officers of the Department of Civil Aviation are obliged to work excessive overtime?

3.   If so, is this additional expenditure met by Butler Air Transport Limited or by the Commonwealth?

4.   Is unnecessary expenditure involved, and, in addition, is a great deal of inconvenience to the travelling public caused?

5.   If so, will he have the position investigated immediately with a view to its correction?

Mr Townley - The Minister for Civil Aviation has replied as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Officers of the Department of Civil Aviation have been required to work some overtime, but the amount involved has not been excessive.

3.   Butler Air Transport Limited pays the prescribed charges for use of Commonwealth facilities. There is no provision in the Air Navigation Charges Act imposing penalties on operators for delayed schedules.

4.   Delayed operations obviously involve some inconvenience to the travelling public. It is not possible to ascertain what expenditure is involved.

5.   The position is under continuous review and there has, in fact, been a substantial improvement in the regularity of services since the beginning of March.

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