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Tuesday, 17 November 1964

Senator HENTY (Tasmania) (Minister for Civil Aviation) . - in reply - I want to put Senator Dittmer right on the actual amount that is to be spent by the Commonwealth and the States between them. It will run into £1,846,000 over the next three years. The Commonwealth's contribution is £1,377,000 and the States' contribution £469,000. I think that is a very good start. This is something which the Commonwealth Government has initiated and of which it can be justly proud. As I have said, an amount of £1,377,000 is to be allocated by the Commonwealth over the next three years to develop this great CommonwealthState co-operational scheme to obtain basic information on a very important subject.

It. is very easy for the Opposition, which has no responsibility, to talk about grandiose schemes and about spending millions of pounds. Members of the Opposition have great national outlooks on every subject that is raised. It is very easy, to adopt such an attitude when you have no responsibility for doing what is required. What I am amused about is that the smaller the man the greater is the national outlook that he tries to inculcate into himself.

Senator Dittmer - The smallness is physical, not intellectual.

Senator HENTY - I once read in the " Bulletin " that the larger the hat, the smaller the property. I was reminded of that when Senator Dittmer was talking.

Senator Dittmer - The Minister is not going to get away with that. He is almost insulting me.

Senator HENTY - The honorable senator has lost his sense of humour for a moment, but he will get it back in a little while. I thought I would put the honorable senator right on those figures. The Government is justly proud of initiating this project.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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