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Thursday, 4 May 1939

Mr Harrison n. - On the 3rd May, the honorable member for Bass (Mr. Barnard) asked the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   How many years has the Tasmaniamainland cable been in operation?

2.   What was the revenue received each year?

3.   By what amount was the estimated revenue exceeded each year?

I am now in a position to furnish the honorable member with the following answers to his inquiries : -

1.   Approximately three years.

2.   First year, £19,800; second year, £25,454; third year, £28,512.

3.   First year, £11,833; second year, £15,565; third year, £17,419. It is necessary to point out that the estimates of anticipated revenue were made in 1930, and that general conditions have substantially altered since then. It should also be emphasized that the revenue covers the complete value of the calls in both directions over the full length of each connexion established, of which the cable itself would form only an intermediate section. " Kyeema " Disaster.

Mr Menzies - On the 3rd May, the honorable member for Parkes (Sir Charles Marr) asked me a question, without notice, regarding the report of the Air Accidents Investigation Committee on the fatal accident to the airliner Kyeema.

I have ascertained that when the report was tabled on the 8th December last, a number of stencilled copies was made available to the Clerk of the Papers in order that they would be available for honorable members on application. Some copies are still available. No motion for printing was submitted when' the report was tabled. The question of printing was, therefore, held in abeyance pending consideration by the Printing Committee at its first meeting on the resumption of the parliamentary sittings. I may add that the Government will give consideration to the question of providing an opportunity for a discussion of the report in this House, on the lines of the assurance given by the former Prime Minister, Mr. Lyons, on the 8th December last.

Munitions Supply Board.

Mr Casey y. - On the 3rd May, the honorable member for Fremantle (Mr. Curtin) asked if an explanation could be given as to why the report of the Munitions Supply Board, which was signed on the 11th November last, was not tabled in the House prior to its rising on the 8th December.

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member that the report of the Munitions Supply Board, dated the 11th November, 1938, was in print for tabling in this House prior to its rising on the 8th December last. At the last moment, however, questions arose as to whether certain information should be included in the report and the matter was not determined until after the rising of the House. The contentious questions having been disposed of, a similar position should not again arise.

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