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(MaUW 4 p.m.

16/8/68 )

FOR PRESS :

( Statement by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Nor. R. W. Swartz )

MacRobertson Miller Airlines Limited had not put forward

any fora proposal for Jet r e equipment in Western Australia, the Minister

for Civil Aviation (Mr. R. W. Swartz) said today.

Mr. Swartz was replying to a reported statement by the Chairman

and Managing Director of Ansett Transport Industries (Mr. R. M. Ansett)

in Perth this week.

Mr, Ansett had said MacRobertson Miller Airlines, an Ansett

Transport Industries subsidiary, expected to have either Fokker Fellowship

or BAG 111 jet aircraft operating within Western Australia in the next three V

years.

He was also reported to have stated that jet aircraft would

service the north-west of West Australia as soon as airports could handle

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Mr. Swartz said Y-acRobertson Miller Airlines was heavily

subsidised by the Government,

Jet re-equipment was a costly exercise. If and when firm

proposals for jet re-equipment were placed before the Department of Civil

Aviation, consideration would be given to them.

Mr. Swartz added that his Department had followed a policy of

continual development of airport and navigational facilities in Western

Australia designed to meet the future traffic requirements of that State.

At present Viscount and Fokker Friendship turbo prop aircraft

handled the major West Australian routes.

C^^NBEP ri, - - FRI Y, _ 16th AUGUS T, 1968