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Wednesday, 21 October 1964

Senator BREEN (Victoria) .- I wish to refer to Division No. 144 - Development of Civil Aviation, item 06, Aerodromes - Development grant. I compliment the Minister for Civil Aviation (Senator Henty) and the previous Minister, Senator Paltridge, on the annual report on civil aviation for 1963-64. In the section dealing with aerodromes I read with great interest this statement -

Construction work has started on the three major projects involved in the Department's fiveyear program to develop Commonwealth-owned aerodromes throughout Australia and Papua/New Guinea.

Does that developmental grant include an allocation towards the construction of the new international and domestic airport at Tullamarine? Has any provision been made for the necessary alterations to the alternative airport at Mangalore? In the debate on the estimates for the Department of Territories, honorable senators opposite referred to the necessity for the expansion of air services from Australia to Papua and

New Guinea. In the same section of the report I read of the work being carried out on the Lae and Mount Hagen aerodromes. That shows that the Department of Civil Aviation is well aware of the increase in air traffic and is endeavouring to deal with the problem. In so doing it is helping tremendously in the development of Papua and New Guinea in accordance with the overall plan of the Department of Territories and the Administration. I should like to know whether the proposed grant for development embraces work in Papua and New Guinea as well as in Australia.

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