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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr E JAMES HARRISON (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Civil

Aviation say whether it is a fact that the original motive in Ansett-A.N.A. being allowed to purchase two Electra aircraft was to provide accelerated services between Perth and the eastern States, and that for the same reason Trans-Australia Airlines was also permitted to purchase two Electras? Is it not a fact that Ansett-A.N.A. has not used the two Electras for the purpose originally intended, but has used them in unfair competitive flights against T.A.A.'s interstate Viscount services, and has now pressurized the Government into giving it permission to purchase a third Electra, ostensibly for the same purpose for which it received permission to purchase the other two? Further, is T.A.A. being pressurized by the Government, at the instigation of Ansett, to exchange three Viscounts for two outmoded piston-engined DC6B's, the very planes alleged to have caused the economic collapse of Australian National Airways Limited before Ansett came into the picture?

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