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Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) - Will the Minister for Civil Aviation submit to the Senate and to the people of Australia a comprehensive and frank statement on the crisis which is obviously facing Qantas Airways Ltd? Will he explain, in his statement, how Qantas has overnight become almost bankrupt and why it is contemplating wholesale retrenchment when this company has a good record of viability over many years? Is it because too many overseas companies now have the right to operate services to Australia or has the service of Qantas been reduced to such an extent that it has lost the support of travellers?

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