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Wednesday, 28 April 1965

Senator HENTY - The fact that Australia's international airline, Qantas, maintains its headquarters and the whole of its organisation at Sydney has, I think, established Sydney as Australia's international airport. The honorable senator has asked me for statistics relating to overseas air travellers from Sydney and Melbourne. I will obtain those statistics for him but I am sorry to say that they will not be of very much use to him because most of the people who travel overseas from Victoria travel by domestic airline to Sydney where they board the overseas flight. There is no way of keeping any statistical information about those travellers. However much the honorable senator would like me to do so, I cannot station officers at the gangway of each departing aircraft to ask the passengers: "Are you travelling overseas after you arrive in Sydney?" If any statistics are available which will help to calm the honorable senator's mind, I will try to get them for him.

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