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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr Webb (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) b asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Has the Minister for Civil Aviation seen a report made available by lpec-Air regarding the lack of efficiency of Trans-Australia Airlines and Ansett-A.N.A. in handling air freight?

2.   If so, did the report show the Australian industry was inadequately served by existing air freight services?

3.   What action is proposed to improve the efficiency of air freight services?

Mr Swartz (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Yes, if the honorable member refers to the company's application for a charter licence and import permit for aircraft which was submitted in July 1964.

2.   The application purported to show that inadequate air freight services were provided by the airline industry. The airlines claim that their record disproves this contention.

3.   Over the years the airlines have taken many steps to progressively improve air freight services. In particular they have introduced more specialised freighter aircraft and have increased air freight capacity. New and improved handling techniques are also in operation. Further improvements will be made as the opportunity arises.

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