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Tuesday, 20 September 1960

Mr Daly (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) y asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   How much has been expended by the department during the past five years on the care, maintenance and extension of country aerodromes?

2.   Was any contribution towards this expenditure received from local government or any other organizations?

3.   If so, what are the names of these organizations, and how much was contributed by each?

4.   What difference between expenditure and contributions received had to be met by the department?

Mr Townley (DENISON, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   (Excluding capital city airports, alternates and satellites, joint user (R.A.A.F.) airfields, P-N.G. Region, Norfolk, Lord Howe and Cocos Islands) - 2, 3 and 4. Only relatively nominal sums were received against this rural type expenditure and this has been largely from other Commonwealth Authorities, e.g., the Department of Shipping and Transport pays for the use of non-directional beacons at various places in Western Australia. However, during 1958-59 and 1959-60, £820,000, which is not included in the above figures, has been paid as full compensation to owners of local authority aerodromes who, before September, 1957, constructed their own aerodromes under an expressed or implied promise of take over by the Commonwealth but subsequently elected to retain possession of their airfields and participate in the local ownership of aerodromes scheme. In addition, the following amounts which are also not included in the figures listed in answer to question 1 have been paid by the Commonwealth to owners of private and locally owned licensed aerodromes as a contribution towards the maintenance and development of their aerodromes. Since 1957,' when the local ownership plan was introduced, the following figures represent approximately 50 per cent, of the total cost of approved works for maintenance and development on aerodromes which have been taken over by local authorities. The remaining 50 per cent. of total cost was contributed by the respective local authorities -


Mr £ James Harrison (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) on asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   When was each Electra aircraft put into regular service on Sydney-Melbourne-Brisbane flights?

2.   How often in respect of each Electra have (a) late departures caused delay to the travelling public and (b) services been disorganized as a result of the aircraft being taken out of service and off the regular schedule?

3.   Can he estimate the number of man-hours lost by passengers as a result of the dislocation of services through the failure of Electras to maintain flight schedules?

Mr Townley - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The dates on which the Electras were introduced into service on the BrisbaneSydneyMelbourne routes are as follows: -

Ansett-A.N.A.- No. 1, 18th March, 1959; No. 2, 16th April, 1959; No. 3, 16th February, 1960.

T.A.A.- No. 1, 8th July, 1959; No. 2, 26th July, 1959; No. 3, 8th March, 1960.

2.   The information which the honorable member seeks regarding departure delays would necessitate considerable research by the airlines. However, interruptions to Electra schedules in the early months of their introduction into service would not be substantially more frequent than those experienced by other aircraft types in similar circumstances. Furthermore, the very high average utilization of 10½ hours per day achieved by the Australian airlines with Electras on regular services indicates that such delays have not caused any significant loss of flying time.

3.   It is not practicable to estimate the total man-hours lost by passengers as a result of occasional delays in Electra services any more than it would be practicable to estimate the man-hours saved by passengers as a result of the greater speed of Electras.

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