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Friday, 25 November 1938

Mr Spender (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) r asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   What is the maximum range of the AvroAnson aeroplanes?

2.   What is their maximum effective operating radius from the base?

3.   What is the approximate date of their specifications ?

4.   What is their maximum speed and ceiling?

5.   How, in detail, does their capacity and performance compare with the sea-borne aircraft of the major powers?

6.   Are their flying instruments modern and complete ?

7.   Are they suitable as lighting machines ? if alleged to be so, (a) what is their lighting equipment, and (6) for how long are they able u> remain in the air without refuelling?

8.   For what purpose are they used in the Royal Air Force, and what percentage of the lighting .aircraft of the Royal Air Force do they comprise?

Mr Street - The information will be obtained and a reply furnished to the honorable member as early as possible.

Postal Department : Property at Ayr - Rural Automatic Telephones.

Mr Martens (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) s asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   How much land at Ayr, Queensland, is owned by the Postmaster-General's Department?

2.   How much of the laud is not now being used?

Mr Archie Cameron - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The dimensions of the postal land at Ayr are 204 feet by 105 feet.

2.   I shall satisfy myself ou the point of departmental requirements before agreeing to any transfer:

Mr Badman (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) n asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   How many rural automatic telephones are in use in each State?

2.   At what rate is it intended to install more ?

Mr Archie Cameron - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

J.   The rural automatic exchanges in use in each State are as follows: - New South Wales. Iti; Victoria, 17; Queensland, 5; South Australia, 9; Western Australia, 8; Tasmania, 5.

2.   Seventy-six additional exchanges are in course of installation, and it is expected these will be in service during the next twelve months.

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