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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 1729

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

As the MacRobertson Miller Airline Services agreement expired in September 1971, what now prevents the grant of a licence to Trans-Australia Airlines to operate services between Perth and Darwin, as it has sought since 1962.

Sir Reginald Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Government has recently decided and announced that, as an integral part of its review of the 2-airline policy, TAA will be licensed to operate on the Perth-Darwin route via Port Hedland. such operations not to commence before June 1973 and future expansion by TAA on the route to be phased in in such a way as notto give TAA equal access with MacRobertson Miller Airline Services before June 1975.

This gradual introduction of TAA services will have regard to the state of traffic on the route from time to time and is designed to minimise any disruptive effect on the staffing of MacRobertson Miller's present operations.

Post Office: Parcel Deliveries (Question No. 6268)

Mr Grassby (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice:

(1)   How many private contractors deliver parcels for the Australian Post Office in capital cities.

(2)   What percentage of the total number of parcels and packets was carried by private contractors in 1970-71 and 1971-72.

(3)   What are the minimum and maximum costs charged by contractors for parcel deliveries.

(4)   Do these contractors give the same undertakings to observe secrecy as do permanent and casual mail delivery personnel employed by the Australian Post Office.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   167.

(2)   Approximately 40 per cent in both years.

(3)   Minimum - 4.6 cents per parcel. Maximum - 18 cents per parcel.

(4)   The provisions of Section 9 of the Post and Telegraph Act relating to the declaration of secrecy apply only to officers of the Department and do not extend to mail contractors. However, before finalising contracts the suitability of a personto carry outthe responsibilities is one of the aspects considered.

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