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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1622

Mr GRAHAM (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. In view of the questions asked of him yesterday by the honourable member for Stirling and the Leader of the Opposition on the subject of a subsidy for aerial transport operations and sea transport to the Northern Territory, I ask: Will the Prime Minister please correct the record by giving the facts to the House for the benefit of all honourable members?

Mr McMAHON - It is regrettable that the assumption on which the Leader of the Opposition asked his question was incorrect. I received today a telegram of protest from MacRobertson Miller Airlines Ltd pointing out that it does not now have any subsidised transport operations between Western Australia and the Northern Territory and, consequently, cannot receive any subsidy in respect of such transport movements. The 4 companies that operate in Western Australia do so on a very small basis. They receive a small subsidy. But they are for internal purposes and not for the purpose of traffic between the Northern Territory and Perth. Therefore the substance of the question that the Leader of the Opposition asked is wrong. That is to be regretted. This matter was objected to by the company I have just mentioned.

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