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Friday, 3 December 1965

Mr JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation. The Minister for Civil Aviation in another place announced that the Government would spend £100 million on a ten years programme to improve certain Australian airports. Is the Minister aware that Newcastle, the sixth largest district in New South Wales, has no commercial airport and is dependent on a most unsatisfactory and restrictive arrangement with the Royal Australian Air Force at Williamtown, which permits only one flight in and out each day? In the light of these facts will the Minister make available from this huge allocation for airport improvements 1 per cent., or £1 million, so that a commercial airport may be built on the site selected by the Depart ment of Civil Aviation at Hexham, which is centrally located to all cities in the Newcastle district? Why should the Newcastle City Council be required to meet the cost of constructing a commercial airport when the Department of Civil Aviation is financially responsible for the construction of airports in every capital city-

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