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Wednesday, 7 December 1960

Mr CASH (Stirling) .- 1 support the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Chaney). This matter is urgent. With the rapidly changing development in the types of aircraft that are coming into use, the DC6B and the Constellation, which are piston-engine aircraft, are already obsolescent for many types of service although they are in use in Australia. More DC6B's are to be used in the next few months on the service to Perth, a proposal which I oppose. The Viscounts and the Electras have only a few years of life ahead of them is new aircraft are coming forward. We will soon reach a situation on the longer services within Australia and on the international services where we will have a greater use for the DC8's and the Boeing 707. and the use of these aircraft will necessitate extensions at the Perth airport.

If by some chance the air space over the present routes from Europe to Australia should be closed because of international tension in one of the Asian countries, the international air services will have to use an alternative route. That will make Perth the first airport in Australia for aircraft from various overseas countries. On these counts alone, we should proceed with this project as quickly as possible. With the Empire Games ahead of us in 1962, we hope that the airport terminal buildings will be completed and that runway extensions will be undertaken to bring Perth international airport to world standards. This work will be appreciated by every member of this Parliament who uses the Perth airport and by every Western Australian.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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