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Wednesday, 20 May 1970

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   What are the names and representative capacities of guests who were accommodated in the Inaugural and Second Indian-Pacific Passenger Train.

(2)   Which of the guests represented (a) the Federal Government, (b) the Federal Opposition, (c) State Governments, (d) State Oppositions and (e) the trade union movement.

(3)   What was the cost of these two journeys.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The guest list was compiled from names put forward by the various States and Commonwealth. In addition to the GovernorGeneral and his party considerable attention was paid to extending an invitation to as representative a group as possible of persons representing Governments and Oppositions of all Australian Parliaments, trade unions and the customers of Railways of Australia.

The final list of those who travelled is not an accurate reflection of those who were invited. Unfortunately a high proportion of those invited were unable to attend.

Neither a list of those who travelled nor those invited can be released without the express agreement of the State Governments concerned.

(3)   The total cost to the Commonwealth of the two journeys was $ 1 2,500.64c. Additionally, 'he three State Governments concerned in these journeys were responsible for expenses incurred within their own areas. I am unable to give costs as far as the State Governments are concerned.

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