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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1219


Senator GEORGES - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for External Territories. Is he aware of an application by Ansett-Airlines of Australia Ltd to become the sole airline operator in Papua New Guinea? Will he tell the Senate who will deal with such an application and who will make the decision? Can the Senate be assured that the Australian Government will not support such a proposition and that the rights of Trans-Australia Airlines to entry and operation in Papua New Guinea will be protected?


Senator WRIGHT - I have no knowledge of the application. My understanding is that the Administrator of the Territory, taking advice from the Ministers of the House of Assembly of the Territory exercising responsibility, will have predominant functions in the determination of airways in the Territory, but no doubt after having consideration for the Minister representing the Australian Government.







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