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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1963


Mr Calwell (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

In view of the increasing volume of work being undertaken by the Public Works Committee, will the Government take action to amend the Public Works Committee Act to provide for the appointment of a certain number of alternative members to serve on the Committee to fill the places of those members of the Committee who find they are unable to attend any meeting to which they are summoned.


Mr McMahon - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows.

This is essentially a matter of policy and not one which I would wish to canvass by way of Parliamentary Question. However, I will have the right honourable member's proposal examined.

Airmail Cartage Rates (Question No. 6368)


Mr Grassby asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice:

(1)   Has any rate been set for the cartage of airmail by commuter services.

(2)   Has any review been made of mail cartage rates since commuter services were first initiated.

(3)   How many airmail services in Australia are not receiving subsidy.

(4)   What are the names of the firms concerned and where do they operate.

(5)   How many firms receive subsidy to carry airmail and what is the total cost.

(6)   Will he urgently review the position of the airmail service provided to Deniliquin by Mr John MacKnight who estimates that he is losing between $2,000 and $2,500 per year by carrying airmail under the existing contract conditions.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   , (4) and (5) There are no air services in Australia on which the carriage of airmail is subsidised.

(6)   The rate of payment to Macknight Air Services for the carriage of airmail on the WaggaDeniliquin air service was reviewed in March 1972. The mail rate of .0366 cents per lb mile is the basic rate which applies to commuter air service operators and is somewhat higher than that paid to the 2 major domestic airlines. Mail is only one of the items carried on the WaggaDeniliquin air service and, as the quantity is relatively small, the payment by the Post Office is considered reasonable. The amount earned by Mr Macknight for airmail conveyance in 1971-72 exceeded the estimate finally furnished to him before the Agreement was completed in July 1971.







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