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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 4068

Mr McLEAY (Boothby) - In the 60 seconds left to me, I wish to bring to the attention of the House what I consider to be a most urgent matter which was brought to my attention just half an hour ago. I refer to Australian citizens who are stranded in Papua New

Guinea in areas where only Trans-Australia Airlines has the franchise to operate.

Mr Cooke - I hope it is not in the cannibal areas.

Mr McLEAY - As a matter of fact, I appreciate the interjection. They could well be in the cannibal area. One of my constituents telephoned me tonight. Her daughter is in Rabaul and she cannot leave Rabaul simply because there are no TAA nights in or out. As I recall, there is what is described as a milk run which travels from Rabaul to Manus Island and various other places in Papua New Guinea but there are no other flights in or out of the Territory. I am concerned about this matter and I hoped to speak to the Minister tonight.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! It being 11 o'clock, the House stands adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

House adjourned at 11

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