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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2229

Senator WOOD (QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister for Civil Aviation seen a statement in the Press to the effect that Qantas Airways Ltd is about to initiate a low fare between Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and other South East Asian countries? Can the Minister tell the Senate whether there is any truth in this statement and, if there is, can he give honourable senators any information relating to the proposal.

Senator COTTON - At an earlier stage in this session I referred to the initiatives that Qantas has been taking on low fares in international flying. I referred to the successful ones between Australia and the United Kingdom and the European continent. Proposals for low fares on these services went through some difficulty but the problems are now firmly resolved and the services established. We in Australia can properly take the credit for these initiatives. It is equally true that Qantas has been trying to develop this sort of proposal for other areas, one being to the north of Australia and to the points stated by the honourable senator. This work is not yet concluded but when it is I will be happy to say so. The general position the honourable senator refers to is true. We are seeking as far as possible to broaden the travel opportunities both from and to this country.

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