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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Civil Aviation whether it is correct that the air safety programme of the department has been deferred through lack of finance and that as a result the provision of safety appliances such as instrument landing systems for the landing of aeroplanes in conditions of low visibility is not to be proceeded with at capital city airports with high density of traffic while such provision is being made at Royal Australian Air Force stations. If this is correct, has he issued instructions that the provision of these modern safe working appliances is not to be proceeded with? If they are being provided at aerodromes of the Royal Australian Air Force, will he have the matter further investigated with a view to providing them at civil airports in densely populated centres as early as possible so that the utmost safety can be provided in the interests of the continually growing air travelling public and of civil aviation?

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