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Thursday, 2 November 1967

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I can assure the honourable member that I appreciate very much the announcement by the Government in relation to the Ord River and also the developmental project in Queensland. I am sure that the whole House fully supports the action which has been taken. I should inform the House also that at present there is a satisfactory air service provided to Lord Howe Island by a flying boat and that this service will continue for some time into the future. The problem to which the honourable member has referred and which he has raised in the past relates to some point of time several years into the future, and it is being examined. One of the difficulties is to provide airport facilities. This matter is being discussed between the Commonwealth and State authorities. There are difficulties also associated with obtaining a type of aircraft which can operate to the island. Perhaps at that time some. STOL type of aircraft will become available which will not require long runways which are now needed but which cannot be built on the island. The matter is in hand and discussions between the Commonwealth and the State are progressing.

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