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Thursday, 21 May 1936


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE

On the 20th May Senator E. B. Johnston asked the following question of the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice: -

1.   Has the attention of the Government been drawn to statements made by Major Brackley of Imperial Airways, condemning Darwin as unsuitable for a sea-plane base ?

2.   If so, will the Government review the claims of Wyndham as a sea-plane base, andas the main air port of entry for Northern Australia?

3.   If not, why not?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable senator as follows : -

1.   The Minister for Defence has seen certain statements in the press purporting to represent Major Brackley's views as to the suitability of Darwin for a sea-plane base, but no direct advice upon the subject has yet been received from Major Brackley. 2 and 3. The Commonwealth Government is not responsible for Major Brackley's present survey which is being undertaken on behalf of Imperial Airways. The Minister for Defence is taking steps to bring the honorable senator's representations, in regard to Wyndham as a sea-plane base, to the attention of Major Brackley. There is, however, no intention on the part of the Commonwealth to change from Darwin as the main port of entry for the present Australian land-plane service from Singapore.







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