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Tuesday, 14 May 1968

Mr Webb (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

1.   Is it a fact that Trans-Australia Airlines applied as far back as 3rd July 1963, for a licence to operate a Perth-Darwin service?

2.   How many times has a licence to operate this service been appliedfor since the date mentioned?

3.   When was the most recent application made?

4.   Why was it refused?

Mr Swartz - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   Yes.

2.   Trans-Australia Airlines has applied on two subsequent occasions.

3.   15th January 1968.

4.   A network of air services in Western Australia and between Western Australia and the Northern Territory is operated by MacRobertson Miller Airlines Limited under contract to the Commonwealth. This contract continues in force until September 1971. In these circumstances it has not been found practicable to grant Trans-Australia Airlines' request for a licence to operate between Perth and Darwin. However, if there should be a change in these circumstances warranting a further application by T.A.A., the matter would be further considered.

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