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Tuesday, 19 March 1968

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - The concept of commuter services has been accepted generally throughout all States. They are providing a much needed addition to air services, particularly in outback areas. After a settling down period they have fitted in very well with the normal airline services and thereby are providing a far better general service to people in distant places. In Queensland at the present time two commuter service operators cover quite a number of air routes. In the other four States, excluding Western Australia, there are another ten operators at the present time. An application, which I hope will be approved before the end of the month, has been made in relation to Western Australia. It is anticipated that this type of service will be extended in the future, although the growth will be slow because of the many problems involved. Altogether the concept has been successful and, as the honourable member said, has been accepted by the people concerned.

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