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Tuesday, 20 October 1964

Senator MORRIS (QUEENSLAND) - Will the Minister for Civil Aviation inform the Senate whether T.A.A. flight No. 245 which was due to leave Sydney for Canberra at 4.15 p.m. yesterday, 19th October, was delayed at Sydney for two and a half hours because a crew was not available? If so, was the unavailability of a crew the result of executive mismanagement? If the answers to these questions are in the affirmative, would such disorganisation, which caused great inconvenience to passengers, be a matter for action by the Department of Civil Aviation?

Senator HENTY - I am not aware of the incident to which the honorable senator-has referred but whatever the position was, 1 am convinced in my own mind that it would not be the result of executive mismanagement within T.A.A. I think the airline has management of the highest quality. If the honorable senator will put his question on notice, 1 will ascertain the facts for him.

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