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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1957

Senator O'BYRNE - My question which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation follows the question asked by

Senator Raerelating to the Flinders Island aerodrome at Whitemark. This matter has been the subject of discussion in Tasmania. I ask the Minister whether he will ask his colleague, the Minister for Civil Aviation, to give the people of Flinders Island an assurance that there will be no difference in the services provided at the aerodrome. Will he ask his colleague to assure the people that weather reports, very high frequency communications, and safety and maintenance services will be maintained, that the radio navigation group will remain there, and that last week when the incident referred to by Senator Rae took place the Department of Civil Aviation aerodrome control officer was present at Whitemark to phase in the new system which will operate in the future?

Senator CAVANAGH - The question asks whether I will ask the Minister to give certain assurances. I will certainly ask him whether he will. I do not have any knowledge of this matter and I think I must get the information from the Minister. However, I assure the honourable senator that wherever aeroplanes are flying under Department of Civil Aviation control, there is no danger to safety.

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