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Thursday, 6 May 1965


Senator HENTY - Yes. This is the proposal that I submitted to the existing Government in New South Wales two or three times and which was accepted in principle but rejected because of certain conditions. For some time the Commonwealth Government has sought a joint expert committee consisting of representatives of both the State Government and the Federal Government to examine the totality of the air routes in New South Wales. It is believed that there is a great deal of wasteful travelling in New South Wales and that, from the point of view of the efficiency of the whole intrastate system, the matter should be re-examined by an expert committee.

Provision is made in the proposal that, if the experts find some field in which they cannot agree, they may have access to an umpire so that some finality can be reached in their deliberations. The Prime Minister has already said that the Commonwealth would be prepared to accept the advice of this expert committee. I believe that a breath of fresh air is now blowing through this long and very unfortunate dispute and that we now have the prospect of the matter being settled to the satisfaction of the taxpayers of Australia, who have to find the present subsidy, and of the people of Dubbo and the surrounding area, who have been deprived of their air service for far too long.







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