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Thursday, 9 December 1976


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has his Department sought a legal opinion on the cash balance of the Road Safety and Standards Authority which was noted on page 129 of the Auditor-General's Report for the year ended 30 June 1976.

(2)   If so, what was the result of this action.

(3)   If not, when does he expect his Department will seek a legal opinion on this matter.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Attorney-General's Department advised that the final results of the accounting action taken by the Depanment of Transport are legally justifiable.

(3)   Not applicable.

Trans-Australia Airlines and Qantas: MacNeill Report (Question No. 1706)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Has the committee inquiring into Government transport undertakings, chaired by Mr James MacNeill, submitted to him its report on Trans-Australia Airlines and Qantas.

(2)   If so, (a) what are its recommendations and (b) when will the report be tabled in the Parliament

(   3 ) If not, when is it expected that the report on TAA and Qantas will be completed, and will he undertake to table it in the Parliament.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   (a) and (b) The Committee's recommendations are contained in a report given to me by the Committee on Thursday last, 2 December. I am at present examining the report. It deals in pan with matters of commercial significance and it would not be appropriate to make the report public

(   3 ) See answer to section ( 1 ) above.

Australian Shipping Commission: MacNeill Report (Question No. 1707)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the committee inquiring into Government transport undertakings, chaired by Mr James MacNeill, completed its investigation of the Australian Shipping Commission.

(2)   If so, (a) what are its recommendations and (b) when will the report be tabled in the Parliament.

(3)   If not, when is it expected that the investigation will be completed, and will he undertake to table the committee's report in the Parliament


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

(   1) to (3 ) See answer to question No. 1706.

Australian National Railways: MacNeill Report (Question No. 1708)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Has the committee inquiring into Government transport undertakings, chaired by Mr James MacNeill, completed its investigation into the Australian National Railways.

(2)   If so, (a) what are its recommendations and (b) when will its report be tabled in the Parliament

(3)   If not, when is it expected that the investigation will be completed, and will he undertake to table the committee's report in the Parliament.


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

(   1 ) to ( 3 ) See answer to question No. 1 706.







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