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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 988


Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Air in regard to the VIP aircraft. In view of the fact that a commercial aircraft left Melbourne for Canberra at 7.25 a.m. yesterday, does he not believe that he had no justification for authorising a VIP aircraft to pick up himself and another Minister in Melbourne and bring them to Canberra when the commercial flight was so handy?


Senator Keeffe - Who was: the other Minister?


Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - Senator Greenwood.


The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator

Turnbull asked the question, ' Senator

Keeffe. He did not ask you tq add any questions to his question," so will you please restrain yourself. . '


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I believe that I had every justification for that flight. Very rarely do I: use a VIP flight. 1 think that on only about 13 out of the last 1,000-odd flights, details of which I have tabled in the Senate, have I authorised an aircraft :for- myself. I have been a passenger on 2 other flights. I authorised a VIP flight for myself yesterday morning because I had, been in Western Australia to open the Industrial Mobilisation Conference at Pearce. I left Perth at 6 p.m. eastern standard time to come to Canberra. I am Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate and, because of commitments associated with that position as well as a Cabinet commitment, I authorised for myself a VIP flight out of Melbourne at 7.15 a.m. I was booked on Trans-Australia Airlines flight 410 which left Melbourne at 8.30 a.m.


Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - There was one at 7.25 a.m.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - -Not with T.A.A. I was booked on the 8.30 a.m. flight. Because Senator Greenwood had simitar commitments to my own, I asked him to join me. We and two of his staff were the only passengers on that aircraft.







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