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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 598

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister for Civil Aviation: Has his Department recently prepared for the Government's consideration a detailed study of the current 2-airline policy? As the current agreement extends until 1977, is it a fact that the Government intends to extend the agreement before the next Federal election? If so, why is the Government considering this action 5 years before the agreement expires?

Senator COTTON - As the honourable senator properly observes, the 2-airline policy expires in 1977. As I think the honourable senator will appreciate, in the administration of this policy one is examining it all the time. I think it has been no secret that since I have been Minister for Civil Aviation I have been examining all the time the facets of the 2-airline policy and its operations. I will continue to do so. I look at it on the basis that it seems to serve Australia extremely well. When in due course it needs extending it ought to be capable of some improvement. It is to that area that I direct my attention, as I have done in the past and will continue to do.

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