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Wednesday, 22 February 1928

Senator ABBOTT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Leader of the Government in the Senate aware that Mr. Bert Hinkler, the celebrated aviator, will probably reach Port Darwin to-day on his flight from England? If so, can he say what steps have been taken to receive him officially and whether he will be invited to come to Canberra?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - I understand that a reception is to be tendered to the aviator on his arrival at Bundaberg, and that the Commonwealth Government will be represented at that reception. I shall bring Under the notice of the Minister for Defence the honorable senator'ssuggestion that Mr. Hinkler should be invited to visit Canberra.

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