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Wednesday, 31 March 1971

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The honourable senator approached me on this matter on 2 occasions. I remind him, first of all, that it is proposed to hold flying displays at various airports - namely. Richmond. Laverton, Fairbairn, Pearce, Townsville, Amberley and Edinburgh - during the Air Force jubilee celebrations. These displays will show most types of aircraft within the RAAF inventory, and there also will be aircraft from the air forces of other countries, including Fill As from the United States of America.

For as long as I have been Minister for Air, we have been preparing for these displays, and I understand that preparations were going on before 1 came into this office. So, when the honourable senator asked me whether I could put the Edinburgh display forward or back to another date, I came up against a problem in that these aircraft were committed for displays on days following the Edinburgh display. I found that I could not change that day. The honourable senator then suggested that perhaps we could stage the display at Edinburgh at an earlier hour of the day and finish in time for people to attend the Barossa Valley wine festival afterwards. [ have had a look at this suggestion. I find that the programmes setting out the times of the display have already been printed and in some cases have been distributed. So, I find this suggestion impractical, too. I regret it, but that is how the matter has proceeded. We have planned for these jubilee displays for a long while. So, I cannot do anything about the display at Edinburgh.

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