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Tuesday, 30 November 1965


Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - It is obvious from this resolution that Perth is to become an international airport.


Mr Freeth - It is now.


Mr CALWELL - I accept the amendment. It is to be put in a position where it can become, in an effective way, an international airport.


Mr Freeth - It is now.


Mr CALWELL - It is not capable of taking these newer aeroplanes of the type that will be landed at Tullamarine, and it will have to be strengthened in order to take the aircraft that will be landing at Mascot when work at that airport is finished. I doubt whether Mascot is to be extended to the degree that Perth airport is to be extended. I think that much of the argument that is taking place around Mascot and Tullamarine is that Mascot is not being made equally usable as Tullamarine. It seems that Perth is to be made a first class airport. I think that is right. However, I want to raise with the Minister for Shipping and Transport (Mr. Freeth) the attitude of the Commonwealth Government in providing facilities in the various States when the State Governments do not co-operate in the way they should by providing proper ingress and egress roads. I think it vitally important that Commonwealth moneys should not be spent as has been suggested in the case of Tullamarine and Perth unless there is complete co-operation on the part of the State Governments in the matter. I believe that the only capital cities that have suitable airport roads are Adelaide and Hobart. Access to the Brisbane airport would be next in line. But in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth the roads are not satisfactory.


Mr Freeth - Mr. Speaker, I rise to order. When the House last considered a motion of this kind in relation to an approval for work at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport the honorable gentleman made some reference to roads of access to airports. On that occasion I pointed out that this was hardly relevant but you, Sir, gave him some special latitude in this respect. I must point out that if the honorable member is now given similar latitude somebody on this side of the chamber should be allowed to reply. The debate will then be wide open for honorable members to roam all over the Commonwealth. The proposal before the House is for one runway at Perth airport.







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