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Wednesday, 20 April 1966

Mr HARDING (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) - I wish to ask the Minister for Civil Aviation a question, but first let me preface it, Mr. Speaker, by saying that the distance by air from Brisbane to Townsville is 800 miles and from Brisbane to Cairns 1,000 miles. These distances are further than any main trunk air route in Australia, except that between Adelaide and Perth. Will the Minister endeavour to see that as DC9 aircraft become available they are used on this long haul and that north Queenslanders are not further discriminated against as they are now by the airline companies which, acting with the profit before service motive, foist on the people living there the outmoded Electras that are 200 miles an hour slower than modern jets?

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