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Thursday, 19 November 1936

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) . - The people of Western Australia are particularly interested in the subject of aviation, and I have no doubt that they will record an affirmative vote when this proposal is submitted to them. The people of Queensland, I know, are very airminded, but I do not think that they are more so than are the people of Western Australia. A Queensland company started a subsidized, airmail service when a similar service was started in Western Australia. I do not wish to detract from the statements made by the representatives of Queensland in this chamber, but the latest statistics disclose that in Western Australia aeroplanes averaging twenty in number, have carried, during the past five years, no fewer than 50,000 passengers over an air distance of 2,500,000 miles; I doubt if Queensland can produce such an excellent record. Quite recently, a subsidiary air line from Perth to Wiluna received certain financial assistance from the Commonwealth Government to enable it to carry out the arduous and essential work upon which it is engaged, and I should like the Minister (Senator A. J. McLachlan) to say how the subsidies granted by the Federal Government will be affected if the legislation under which they are paid is invalid. I trust that the Minister will enlighten me upon that point.

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