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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question to the Prime Minister is addressed to him in his capacity as Leader of the Government. Does the Government periodically make available to Ministers and some Government committees V.I.P. aircraft for transport purposes? On those occasions are Government back benchers invited to tag along? Is it a fact that last Friday the Minister for Air and members of the Government parties' defence committee flew to Williamtown, New South Wales, in a V.I.P. Viscount and that requests for seats made by myself and the honorable member for Newcastle were disregarded. As the Government could have saved expense and the members six valuable hours of waiting for transport to return to their electorates, were all seats on the plane occupied? Do the privileges associated with membership of the Parliament apply only to members of the Liberal or Country Parties so far as some Ministers are concerned?

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