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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH,

MR. R . W . SWARTZ

INCREASED AID FOR ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE

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o n b y t h e G o v e rn m en t t o h e l p t h e F l y i n g D o c to r S e r v i c e t o m e e t r i s i n g

o p e r a t i o n a l c o s t s a n d c a p i t a l c o s t s i n v o l v e d i n s e r v i c i n g new a r e a s .

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m a r k e d ly i n t h e p a s t t h r e e y e a r s . I n 1964 F l y i n g D o c to r p l a n e s h a d f lo w n

7 1 9 ,0 0 0 m i l e s c o m p a re d w i t h 6 4 5 ,0 0 0 m i l e s i n 1962. I n 1964, 1 5 ,9 3 4 c a s e s

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p e o p l e t o h o s p i t a l c o m p a re d w i t h 1 ,3 5 9 c a s e s i n 1 9 6 2 . ·

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t h e F l y i n g D o c to r S e r v i c e , a d d i t i o n a l C om m onw ealth a s s i s t a n c e v?as n e e d e d

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w e s t e r n a r e a o f W e s te r n A u s t r a l i a , w h e re i r o n o r e d e p o s i t s w e re b e i n g

d e v e lo p e d , o i l e x p l o r a t i o n w as b e i n g c a r r i e d o u t a n d w h e re t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s

r a d i o b a s e w as b e i n g b u i l t a t ‘N o r t h W est C a p e . ’

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a b l e t o h e l p t h e R o y a l F l y i n g . D o c to r S e r v i c e t o c a r r y , o n i t s i m p o r t a n t

w o rk . T he F l y i n g D o c to r S e r v i c e w as n o t o n l y a g r e a t h u m a n i t a r i a n s e r v i c e

t o t h e p e o p l e o f t h e o u t b a c k b u t w as c o n t r i b u t i n g s i g n i f i c a n t l y t o t h e

d e v e lo p m e n t o f A u s t r a l i a .

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