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Thursday, 12 March 1936

SenatorFOLL. - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) state if the negotiationsbetween the British Govern-, ment and the Commonwealth Government regarding an improvement in the air mail service between Great Britain and Australia by the use of flying boats over a portion of the route have 'been broken off by the Commonwealth Government? If negotiations are still proceeding, can the Minister state the actual position in order to remove apparent misapprehension?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The matter is still the subject of negotiation.

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