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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4589

Mr Webb asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   When did Trans-Australia Airlines first apply for a licence to operate a Perth-Darwin service.

(2)   When was the most recent application made.

(3)   Has this application been refused. If not, when will a decision be made.

(4)   If an application has been refused in the past, why was it refused in view of the Government's 2 airline policy.

Mr Swartz - -The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   3rd July 1963.

(2)   17th August 1971.

(3)   No. As soon as possible after the present detailed consideration of all relevant aspects has been completed.

(4)   Because it was not an appropriate time to reach a definite attitude whether or noi competitive airline services should be introduced between Perth and Darwin.

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