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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2710

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. Is he aware of the difficulties that were caused to the people of Tasmania by the disruption of air services during the last week? Will the Minister ask the Minister for Transport to ensure in his dealings with pilots that inflammatory statements such as 'I don't care how long they stay out' are not used so that common sense and reason may prevail? Should the air war freshen, will the Minister recognise the very special needs of Tasmania and ask the airlines and the pilots to maintain services to Tasmania even if there is a stoppage of services to other places?

Senator CAVANAGH -The difficulties with air services over the weekend did not affect only Tasmanians. They affected all air travellers including a Minister who was in Queensland. I am certainly not going to tell the Minister for Transport what statements he should make on matters which concern his portfolio. He will make statements which he thinks are appropriate to the occasion. Nor do I think it appropriate for him to make representations to have one section of an organisation scabbing on the decision of another organisation. We certainly would not participate in sectionalising the matter. I think the solution to the difficulties of air travellers to and from Tasmania is to ensure that a more responsible attitude is adopted in these matters so that we can reduce the incidence of strikes.

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