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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1730


Mr SPEAKER - There being no objection leave is granted.


Mr SWARTZ - The position is that the Prime Minister correctly answered a question yesterday asked by the Leader of the Opposition.. The Prime Minister said that no subsidy was paid on services by MacRobertson Miller Airlines Limited between Perth and Darwin. This information was queried by the Leader of the Opposition after the Prime Minister had left, the chamber. I indicated that the state- " ment was accurate and I said that I would get the information for the honourable gentlemen. 1 have subsequently checked and the position is as stated, that since 1st July 1968 when the agreement between the ' Commonwealth and MacRobertson Miller Airlines Limited was reviewed no subsidy had been paid on the major trunk route service between Perth and Darwin and no . subsidy is being paid at the present time. It is a fact that a subsidy' is being paid on internal services in Western Australia in the Kimberley region for development purposes and also as the Leader of the Opposition suggested, subsidies are paid to Connair Pty Ltd for developmental services bv the Northern Territory. Those subsidies in Western Australia also are declining because the annual report qf the Department of Civil Aviation, which will shortly. : be tabled, will show that a sum of $94,000 was paid to MacRobertson Miller last year compared with $124,900 for the previous year. That is the information which I indicated to the. Leader of the Opposition I. would provide for him.







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