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Tuesday, 30 November 1976
Page: 3009

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did Connair receive an additional subsidy in respect of the years 1974-75 and 1975-76.

(2)   If so:

(a)   what was the amount of the increases,

(b)   what was the basis of compilation of the increases, and

(c)   when were the increases approved by the Government.

(3)   What subsidy has been provided for Connair in the 1976-77 Budget, and what was the basis of compilation of this amount.

Mr Nixon -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) During the 1975-76 financial year Connair received a retrospective payment of $50,000 in respect of its 1974-75 financial year. The total amount paid to Connair in the 1975-76 financial year, excluding the above amount, was $558,333.

(2)   (a), (b) and (c) The retrospective payment of $50,000 in respect of the 1974-75 financial year was approved by the Government and paid in April 1976. There has been no retrospective increase to the payment made in the 1975-76 financial year.

(3)   In the Budget papers there is an estimated total of $700,000 for all subsidised operators including Connair. The total figure was compiled during the financial processes of framing the Budget.

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