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Wednesday, 10 October 1956

Mr Bryant t asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   What airlines have received payments for the carriage of internal air mails during the years 1953-54, 1954-55 and 1955-56?

2.   What amounts have been paid in each case?

3.   On what basis is the payment computed?

4.   When was this basis first decided, and how often is it reviewed?

Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1 and 2. Please see statement below.

3.   In respect of most of the mail carried by air, the rates of payment are computed on a weightdistance basis and these rates range from . 05d. per pound mile for mail carried on mail routes to 11d. per pound mile for mail conveyed on minor routes where the traffic is comparatively small. Australian National Airways and Trans-Australia Airlines receive payment based on the rate of . 05d. per pound mile. In a few instances where the carriage is mostly in outback areas, the carrier receives a lump-sum payment which is not directly related to the volume of mail carried.

4.   The dates of inception of the rates currently paid to the various carriers vary and the rates are reviewed when desired by the Government or the particular air carrier.


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