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Friday, 2 December 1938

Mr Fairbairn n asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice- -

1   . Will he make a statement giving a detailed explanation of the abolition of the Civil Aviation Board and the appointment of the board members to a new civil aviation department

2.   Does the appointment of the members of the board to the new department means that without waiting for the findings of the Kyeema inquiry committee, the Government has decided there can be no doubt whatever about the efficiency and freedom from blame of the board collectively or of all its members individually?

3.   What are the conditions and duration of the new appointments?

Mr Thorby (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - Questions relating to the organization and staffing of the new

Department of Civil Aviation have been receiving attention, and an investigation is at present being made by the chairman of the Commonwealth Public Service Board. The report of the Kyeema inquiry is expected to be submitted to the Government next week. During the inquiry most of the senior officers of the Civil Aviation Branch entered the witness box and gave evidence on oath, much of which related to administration. Until the report of the committee is received, it is not possible for the Minister fully to answer questions relating to the Government's policy or intentions concerning the new department.

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