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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1901


Senator SIM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation. Some months ago I asked whether it was the Government's intention to upgrade a number of airports in Western Australia to enable TransAustralia Airlines to operate DC9 aircraft over the Perth to Darwin route. I was told that the Government did not intend to do so. In view of statements now being made that $1.5m will be required to bring certain airports- Kununurra and Broome have been mentioned- to DC9 standard I ask whether it is now the intention of the Government to spend this sum on upgrading airports for the use of DC9 aircraft?


Senator CAVANAGH - I do not know. I do not know from where the figure of $ 1.5m comes. If I gave the answer before that the Government did not intend to spend money on upgrading the airports to take jet aircraft, that was the Government's decision. Apparently something has happened today and someone has come up with a figure of $1.5m. I will find out whether the Government has considered this and whether it makes any difference to the Government's attitude on the question. I will find out the opinion of the Minister as a result of this figure of $1.5m having been brought forward.







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