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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 693

(Question No. 1285)

Senator Ian Macdonald asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 30 March 1994:

  In response to a question raised during an Estimates Committee A hearing held on 25 February 1994 (Senate Hansard, Estimates Committee A, 25 February 1994, page 108), the Federal Airports Corporation advised that there had been no discussions about splitting of the military component of the Townsville Airport as a scheme of aerodrome transfer to local owners:

  (1) Have there been any discussions, investigations or proposals for the transfer of the civil part of the Townsville Airport to local owners.

  (2) Does the Government have any policy as regards transfer of the civil part of joint use airports to local owners; if so, please provide details relating in particular to the situation of the Townsville Airport.

Senator Collins —The Minister for Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) The Federal Airports Corporation has advised that it has been involved in no discussions, investigations or proposals for the transfer of the civil part of Townsville Airport to local owners at either the airport or corporate level.

  (2) As announced by the Prime Minister in the `Working Nation' statement of 4 May 1994, the Government has decided to sell all Federal airports over the period 1995-96 to 1997-98, subject to the outcome of a scoping study and to the necessary amendments to the Labor Party platform. There will be no commitment to the sale of particular airports prior to the Government's consideration of the scoping study.