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Wednesday, 30 March 1966

Mr GRIFFITHS (Shortland) - Mr. Speaker,I have been misrepresented and ] wish to make a personal explanation. Yesterday, I asked the Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Holt) a question about the use of a V.I.P. aircraft by the honorable member for Newcastle (Mr. Jones) and myself, if seats were available, to enable us to return to our electorates without a long delay. This morning the " Sydney Morning Herald ", under the heading "V.I.P. Aircraft 'booked out ' ", published the following report -

The Prime Minister, Mr. Holt, said today V.I.P. aircraft were reserved for the Governor-General, senior members of the government and other ministers when on official business.

He was replying in the House of Representatives to Mr. C. E. Griffiths . . . who asked why he and Mr. C. K. Jones (Lab., N.S.W.), were unable to travel on a V.I.P. Viscount to a defence display at Williamtown air base last week.

I just want to state, Sir, that I did not wish to travel to any air display and I did not seek a seat on a V.I.P. aircraft for such a purpose. I sought an opportunity, if seats were available, for the honorable member for Newcastle and I to return to our elec torates on a V.I.P. aircraft to avoid our having to wait in Sydney for up to six hours for a connecting service to Williamtown.

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