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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2415


Mr SCHOLES (Corio) - -It is interesting to note honourable members of the Opposition crying tears of blood about a proposal to give Trans-Australia Airlines rights to compete in the aircraft and travel industry in Australia. The proposed amendment moved by the honourable member for Gippsland (Mr Nixon) seeks to prevent TAA from occupying a competitive position. This has always been the philosophy of the Liberal Party and the Australian Country Party and always will be.


Mr Giles - That is not true. It is a 2-airline policy.


Mr SCHOLES - Those parties believe in a 2-airline policy where one airline is guaranteed profits and the other airline has its hands tied behind its back. Hence, they continued throughout the whole of their period of office to refuse to grant rights to allow TAA to operate intrastate routes in States other than New South Wales. On the other hand, when Ansett Transport Industries Ltd sought a competitive position on routes which were exclusive to TAA it quickly was granted those rights. The facts of the matter are that the parties opposite are talking through their pockets and through the pockets of their Party organisations. I think that sums up in a nutshell the position of those parties on this Bill. They are seeking campaign funds and nothing more or less.







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