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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 911

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - My question which is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation relates to the same matter. Is the Senate to understand from the. statement which was just read that the Government docs not intend to take any action before the current takeover offer by Thomas Nationwide Transport Ltd is accepted? In view of the Minister's own statement, which was just read, that the Government docs not want to see the. present 2 airline policy upset, can he explain what the Government would do if faced with the takeover of Ansett Transport Industries Ltd before the Government had time to consider its effect on the Australian airlines system?

Senator COTTON - What I indicated was that I anticipated interest in this matter in the Senate and I prepared a general statement which I thought would answer the questions that probably would be asked and would cover the situation as I saw it. The points raised by the honourable senator are under consideration by the Government in the present circumstances and as part of its examination of the 2 airline policy. The factors that concern the honourable senator will concern ali honourable senators and myself, and he may be sure, that they are being most carefully watched.

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