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Thursday, 25 February 1971


Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Leader of the Government in the Senate indicate whether the Government's famous austerity programme is also being directed towards the VIP aircraft fleet? Will he agree that a substantial cut in the size or the elimination of that fleet would meet with general popular approval?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON

The responsibility for the approval of the use of the VIP fleet is not within my portfolio. It is within the administration of the Minister for Air. As to the generality of the question, every application to use the VIP fleet has to be submitted to the Minister for Air and he makes a judgment on the application. Of course, that is not the case with the Prime Minister. In the normal course of events even the people on the list of those who may use the fleet must apply to the Minister for Air and he must exercise his judgment whether approval is appropriate.







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