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Thursday, 30 June 1949

Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Air) - Negotiation* have been going on for some time between representatives of the French and Aus tralian Governments in relation to the desire of the French Government that an air service should be established between Noumea and French territory is southern Asia. Numerous communications have passed between the two governments on the subject. Yesterday, a notification was sent to the French Government which may have the effect of enabling such an arrangement to be completed. Until it has been completed I shall not be able to give the honorable member any additional information on the subject. We are hopeful that a satisfactory arrangement for the establishment of the service will be made and that reciprocal rights will be granted by the two countries which may be beneficial to both.

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