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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr HAROLD HOLT (Higgins) (Treasurer) (3:32 AM) , - in reply - I certainly do not want to detain the House, but what has been said by the honorable member for Lalor (Mr. Pollard) and the honorable member for Wilmot (Mr. Duthie) calls for at least some comment from me. As Treasurer, I am concerned with the financial aspects of the matter, and I would not claim to have any technical knowledge or experience which would enable me to give satisfactory replies to the queries that have been raised. As to how this type of aircraft came to be chosen, my understanding is that it was the clear choice of the company concerned.

Mr Pollard - Did you say " company " or " companies "?

Mr HAROLD HOLT - The honorable member asked about this particular operator, Trans-Australia Airlines.

Mr Pollard - We want to know whether it was the clear choice of T.A.A.

Mr HAROLD HOLT - That is my understanding - without any pressure being put on it by the Government. The point I want to make is this: I am concerned in this chamber with the financial aspects. I shall bring what has been said to the notice of the Minister for Civil Aviation (Senator Paltridge) and probably he will take the opportunity, when this bill reaches another place, to deal with those technical aspects which the honorable gentlemen have raised.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

The bill.

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