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Wednesday, 27 November 1985
Page: 2389


Senator WALTERS(6.04) —The Minister will probably know that one of the urgent problems confronting the Tasmanian apple and pear industries, because of the lack of freight equalisation for exports, is the non-availability of cheap air freight facilities to overseas markets. The industries have to get their apples and pears to Sydney and Melbourne without any freight equalisation benefits prior to exporting them to overseas markets. Is it a fact that overseas-owned freight aircraft, which regularly bring goods into Australia, fly out of Australia without a full load? Is this policy pursued in order to protect the interests of Qantas Airways Ltd? What other reason would be given for prohibiting the apple and pear industries from using air freight space available to Hong Kong, for instance?