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Tuesday, 23 March 1965

Senator HENTY - Yes, I read the article to which the honorable senator has referred. On the next day I read an authoritative denial by the Regional Director of Civil Aviation in Queensland. The Regional Director issued an authoritative statement on the condition of the terminal buildings at Brisbane. It was published by the Brisbane Press. The design of the trusses was fully investigated by the Department of Works some years ago and, with some strengthening carried out since first erected in 1942, they meet fully building strength standards. The buildings are safe and are kept in that condition by regular maintenance. There is no evidence of distress in the individual members of the structure and the joints are kept in good condition by re-nailing as and when necessary. Continuous precautions are taken against termites and the structures are free from them. We are not, as the correspondent for the " Courier-Mail " supposes, taking a gamble on the strength of these buildings. Their strength has been checked. They are known to be safe and they are kept in good condition.

May I congratulate the two domestic airlines on what they have done to their own hangars, or igloos, as they are called at Brisbane. 1 believe that the stand ards provided in Brisbane by the two domestic airlines can be compared with any domestic standards throughout Australia. The two airlines have done an excellent job in Brisbane.

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