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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator KENNELLY - I ask the Minister for Civil Aviation whether he has seen reports that Ansett-A.N.A. is applying to the Director-General of Civil Aviation for equal access with Trans-Australia Airlines to the Melbourne-Canberra-Sydney route. I ask also whether he has seen a report of a statement by Mr. R. M. Ansett that if the Director-General did not grant him equal access he would appeal to Mr. Justice Spicer. Has the Minister made any protest to Mr. Ansett against this attempted intimidation of the Director-General in carrying out what is a quasi-judicial function? If not, why not? Is the Minister aware that during the period of three months in1960 when Ansett-A.N.A. and Trans-Australia Airlines provided services of equal frequency, Trans-Australia Airlines carried 60 per cent. of the total traffic in and out of Canberra? Will he take action to ensure that the people who wish to travel on Trans-Australia Airlines aircraft are not forced to travel on AnsettA.N.A. aircraft by a decision which reduces the frequency of Trans-Australia Airlines flights into Canberra?

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