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Friday, 16 May 1930

Senator BARNES - The Minister for Defence has supplied the following answers to the honorable senator's questions : -

1.   The G overnment Resident at Darwin has been asked to extend a welcome to Miss Johnson on behalf of the Commonwealth, and' an officer of the Civil, Aviation Department will bepresent to afford her any possible assistance. The Commonwealth Government, in congratulating Miss Johnson on her achievement, will extend an invitation to her to visit Canberra. It is understood that there will be two aeroplanes to guide her after her arrival at Darwin. Comprehensive arrangements are being made by the civil aviation authorities in, connexion with her visits to Sydney and Melbourne, and suitable arrangements will be made should Miss Johnson accept the invitation to visit Canberra.

2.   I would refer to the reply given on this question on the 7th May, Hansard, p. 1435, in regard tothe aerodrome at Canberra. I may add, however, that the telegraph and telephone lines were removed some time ago.

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