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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2057


Senator DOUGLAS McCLELLAND (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Civil Aviation: Why does Qantas Airways Ltd not train and employ as large a percentage of Fijians in its operations in Fiji, which have extended over 18 years, as American Airlines Incorporated already finds it possible to do in its operations in Fiji, which have extended over less than 2 years?


Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - Very briefly, Qantas Airways Ltd has had a much more decisive operation in Fiji than has American Airlines Incorporated, which has appeared only recently as a phenomenon on that island or series of islands. It will be found that total Qantas employment of Fijians is much greater than that of American Airlines, which employs quite a small percentage of Fijians. Qantas is quite decisive in looking after the whole aid transport operation and the airport. There are plans in hand to transfer the administration of the airport to the Fijian authorities when they are ready to accept it. With that end in view, Qantas has been training people to take over those responsibilities. In no sense can it be assumed that Qantas has not been fully conscious of its responsibilities or is not carrying them out.







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