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Thursday, 17 April 1980
Page: 1547


Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - My question which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport follows a question asked by Senator Rocher yesterday. The Minister, in his reply to Senator Rocher, stated:

I expect that the Minister for Transport will in the reasonably near future announce more details in respect of that inquiry.

I ask: As air fares are something that Tasmanians are almost obliged to pay if they leave Tasmania, because most of them have to leave by air to get away from the southern island, will he ensure that at least one Tasmanian is on the committee of inquiry into air fare structures?


Senator CHANEY (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I suspect that each of the different parts of Australia will feel that it has a special interest in the air fares inquiry. A number of people think of my State of Western Australia as a south-west island surrounded by desert. I think the point raised by the honourable senator is the sort of consideration that will be in the mind of the Minister for Transport when he is dealing with the matter. I will refer the point to him, but I am sure it is in his mind. I do not believe it would be possible to give any State in Australia a guarantee that it would be represented. I give the honourable senator the assurance that the sort of consideration he has raised will be in the Government's mind.







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