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Wednesday, 21 October 1964

Senator HENTY (Tasmania) (Minister for Civil Aviation) . - When my time ran out I was half way through dealing with this particular aspect. I am dealing with the comments of Senator Anderson and Senator Breen on the sum of £500,000 which is additional to the reimbursement to local authorities. A great amount of this money will be spent this year in bringing many aerodromes up to Fokker Friendship standard. More and more of these rural aerodromes are being brought up to that standard. The estimated increases are attributed to the following factors. An increasing number of local authorities are seeking to complete the sealing of their F.27 runways to give all weather operations and reduce day to day management. The programme includes 32 aerodromes where the councils have in hand, in whole or in part, the full sealing of runways and includes 16 in New South Wales, 16 in Queensland and 1 in Victoria. This work totals £480,000 in authorisation. Eleven aerodromes involving 100 per cent, pre-transfer works are included in the programme. The programme also provides for the first local ownership aerodrome to be raised to Viscount standard under the 10::1 ownership plan at Proserpine at a cost of £100,000.

Whilst I am on my feet I could perhaps briefly reply to the last comment made by Senator Kennelly. I point out to him that T.A.A. submits its accounts to the Commissioner of Taxation and I assure him that the Taxation Branch does not let anybody get away with anything. The company submits these accounts to the Taxation Commissioner and to show the honorable senator just how far out his figures are I will cite the profit and loss accounts for 1962-63 and 1963-64. In 1962-63 T.A.A. earned £18,700,000 in revenue and made a profit of £534,000. This year its revenue was £21,000,000, an increase of about £2,250,000 and the net profit was £640,691. It took all that additional money to earn an additional profit of about £100,000.


Order! This afternoon I spoke about the length of the debates on the estimates that we have before us. I want to draw the attention of honorable senators to the fact that we have quite an extensive list of proposed expenditure still to discuss. If we are going to have these lengthy debates it will mean depriving many honorable senators of the opportunity of speaking on some of the points that they desire to raise. There is no doubt, if the present trend continues, that steps will be taken to limit the length of debates. Whilst I am occupying the Chair I want to see that as many honorable senators as possible have an opportunity of speaking. I would like to thank our two lady senators, Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin and Senator Marie Breen, for the short addresses that they have contributed to this debate. The purpose of the debate is not to run through each item exhaustively but to give honorable senators the opportunity to find out the reasons for the expenditure proposed for the coming year.

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