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Wednesday, 21 April 1971

Senator COTTON - It is not correct that the Director-General of Civil Aviation ha? asked Qantas to set up some type of subsidiary operation of charter flights, lt is correct that he drew the attention of Qantas to a proposal by British Overseas Airways Corporation to do something along those lines. Qantas has had thai information from the Department for some weeks now. Of course, Qantas would have been aware of the proposal. The report that BOAC intends to take that action is certainly not easy to establish as being fully accurate. I have been waiting to hear more about it. We are receiving rather conflicting reports. There have been newspaper reports that the Ansett group would like to operate charter flights out of Australia. The view of myself and my Department would be that the Ansett organisation is a domestic operator as part of our 2- airline policy and therefore has a failamount to do in this country. Senator Bishop also referred to an application by World Airways lnc. lt is still under consideration by me and my Department and an early answer to the application can be expected.

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