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Tuesday, 22 November 1938

Mr LANE (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Civil Aviation, or the Government, decided to alter the control of the Civil Aviation Department before the report of the Air Accidents Investigation Committee into the Kyeema disaster is presented ?

Mr THORBY - There is to he no change whatever in connexion with the officers of the department. As I said before, in accordance with the decision of the Government the present civil aviation branch will be separated from the Department of Defence and will be constituted a separate department under the control of the Minister for Civil Aviation. The Civil Aviation Board will be abolished, and the officers of the board will be placed in charge of respective sections of the Civil Aviation Department and will be directly responsible to the Comptroller-General of Civil Aviation who will be permanent head of the new department.

Mr WHITE - In view of the fact that the Air Board has been controlling the activities of the Air Force, and the Civil Aviation Board the activities of civil aviation, I ask the Prime Minister if the Civil Aviation Board has been abolished as reported in the press yesterday?

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