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Thursday, 3 July 1941

Senator McLEAY - The Minister for Civil Aviation has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The total amount paid in subsidies for air-mail services is at present at the rate of £189,374 per annum. This amount includes subsidies of £62,750 per annum and £29,356 per annum paid for the Empire service and the Tasman service. Certain air-mail services are paid for the weight of mails actually carried either in addition to or substitution for subsidies. These payments approximate £195,280 per annum of which £65,260 is payable in respect of the Empire service.

2.   Operators of regular air services draw supplies of petrol necessary for the operation of their scheduled trips. Supplies for additional trips are authorized when the Department of Civil Aviation is satisfied as to the justification for the additional trip. It is estimated that all regular air services in Australia (including the Empire, Tasman and Dutch services) use approximately 250,000 gallons of petrol a month.

3.   With two exceptions it may be said all internal Australian air services cover routes wholly or partly served by rail, but they cannot be said to run in opposition to railways.

4.   If oversea routes is meant, six services are concerned, viz.: Darwin-Singapore; CairnsMoresby: Sydney-Auckland; MelbourneTasmania, including Flinders and King Island; Adelaide-Kangaroo Island; CairnsHorn Island. If coastal shipping services are meant all the coastal air services may be said to be on routes where shipping sometimes is available.

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