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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
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Mr Morris asked the Minister for the Northern Territory, upon notice, on 1 8 October, 1 977:

(   1 ) Further to his answer to question No. 1157 (Hansard, 7 October 1 976, page 1713), has the Government completed its evaluation of the options canvassed in the Bureau of Transport Economics Report on the Provision of General Cargo Facilities at Port Darwin; if so, what was the result?

(2)   What financial provisions have been made in the 1977- 78 Budget arising from the evaluation, and for what purposes.

(3)   If the evaluation has not been completed, when does he expect it will be completed.

Mr Adermann - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) The responsibility for the Port of Darwin now rests with the Northern Territory Executive and the initiative to sponsor port development as a result of the options advanced in the Bureau of Transport Economics Report on the Provision of General Cargo Facilities at the Port of Darwin rests with the Northern Territory Executive. I understand that certain recommendations will soon be forwarded to me on these matters.

Air Fares: Effect on Tasmania (Question No. 1816)

Mr Hodgman asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 1 8 October 1 977:

Having regard to the effects of the recent 3 per cent increase in air fares upon Australia's island State, Tasmania, and particularly with the advent of the coming tourist season, will he convene a conference with both Ansett Airlines and Trans Australia Airlines in an endeavour to ensure that Tasmania is given special exemption from the next air fare increase, whenever this may occur.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows:

Air fares are generally constructed in accordance with the principle, which I consider to be fair and reasonable, that passengers travelling anywhere in Australia over the same distance pay the same fares, after allowing for the class of travel and the type of aircraft used. In fact, in the report of the commission of Inquiry into Transport to and from Tasmania initiated by the previous Government and presented in March 1976, Commissioner J. F. Nimmo, C.B.E. stated that 'The air fare formula used by Ansett and TAA is standard throughout Australia for all routes. Thus Tasmania suffers no disability so far as comparative air passenger charges are concerned '.

The tourist industry in Tasmania is favourably served by the large discounts extended by the airlines in the form of package tours from the mainland, some of which are as high as 30 percent.

In addition there are off peak fares available at substantial discounts such as the newly introduced APEX fares.

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