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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2709

Senator GRIMES (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. I refer to the Minister's statement 2 weeks ago in which he revealed that the airline industry, namely Ansett Airlines of Australia and TransAustralia Airlines, had recommended the closing of Wynyard and /or Devonport airports in northwestern Tasmania. If the major airlines are reluctant to operate from these airports, which are the eighth and tenth busiest in Australia outside the capital cities, will the Minister make inquiries to ascertain whether East- West Airlines Ltd would be willing to take over these services? If it is, will the Minister facilitate the takeover.

Senator CAVANAGH - It is obviously a question for the Minister to decide whether he would consider the taking over of these services by another company. I will refer the question to the Minister for Transport for reply.

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