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Tuesday, 30 March 1965

Senator HENTY - I presume that the honorable senator would like a sensible answer to his rather exaggerated question. The. choice of an aircraft for the airlines is a matter for the airlines themselves. They are independent business organisations and they will choose in due course the aircraft that they think are best suited to their needs. The Department of Civil Aviation has received an application from Ansett Transport Industries Ltd. for approval for the purchase of DC9 aircraft. I have not had an application as yet from TransAustralia Airlines. No doubt in due course when T.A.A. is satisfied as to the aircraft it wishes to obtain it will make application to me. It is entirely a matter for the airlines themselves to make application for this purpose. In due course, when the applications come to hand, we shall give consideration to them, and approve or otherwise the acquisition of aircraft according to their availability. I assure the honorable senator that as soon as the decisions of the airlines are received the Department will deal with them.

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