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Thursday, 18 February 1971

Senator COTTON - I think this question could properly go on the notice paper, although there are some comments 1 can make just from listening to it. 1 believe that the points I made about the 2-airlinc policy and commuter operations are valid and will be understood by those who can read them later. I do not think the Jetair problem is involved in that in any way. The question of surplus pilots being available because they are no longer employed by the Jetair company is related to the normal commercial opportunities for people wanting to take up employment and people wanting to leave employment. I 18 February 1971 have been trying to find out a little more about this matter. I had a newspaper cutting which did not add much to my knowledge. Therefore I do not propose to quote from it.

At the point of time at which these pilots were no longer being employed by the Jetair company I was being told that a recruiting programme for pilots was being conducted by Qantas Airways Ltd and other airlines, lt is not part of my proposal, my purpose or, indeed, my authority to direct companies to employ people or to direct people to work for companies; but it would seem to .me that if these people were competent pilots - skilled and capable - within the normal operations of employment in the community there ought to have been a place for them. However, I will be happy to prosecute this particular inquiry further.

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