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Thursday, 22 October 1964

The PRESIDENT - Honorable senators have the right to ask questions in their own way. Personally, I think that many times honorable senators miss the point by asking wide and rambling questions. I hope that some day honorable senators will pay greater attention to making their questions more specific. But what an honorable senator asks is his own business and, equally, what a Minister says in reply to a question is his business. I have no intention at all of directing a Minister on the way in which he should reply to a question. I call upon the Minister for Civil Aviation to resume his reply.

Senator HENTY - I want to refer to one more aspect of the question which the honorable senator addressed to me. The Australian Labour Party will never forgive this man for taking the wreck of the old A.N. A. organisation and building it up into a successful private enterprise in competition with the government operated airline which it favoured and which it may be quite prepared to continue to favour as a government monopoly. Let me assure honorable senators opposite that the people of Australia prefer the competitive system, the two airlines system, which this Government has instituted. This system is a great success because it brings good internal services to the people of Australia at a lower cost than is the case in any other airline service in the world. This competitive system has been built around the wreck of the old A.N.A. organisation, which the Socialists attempted to destroy before they were thrown out of office in 1949. Because this man is the one who has achieved this success, the Opposition will take every opportunity to defame him, not respecting the fact that, whether you believe in his cause or not, he is a fighter.

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