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Thursday, 3 May 1973
Page: 1742

Mr Nixon (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Have instructions been issued to any Government department or authority, that public servants should fly by one commercial airline only.

(2)   Has . there been any instruction or suggestion that if public servants in any Government department of authority do not specify a particular airline only one airline is to be used.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Where an officer or employee is required to travel on official business outside Australia, Treasury Directions specify that the services of Qantas and" its associated airlines will be used wherever possible. For travel within Australia, Treasury Directions specify that officers and employees are to be informed that they are free to exercise their personal choice of the airline to be used, but approval to travel by the airline chosen shall be subject to overriding considerations of Departmental convenience and efficiency. It has also been suggested to Departments that where no preference for a particular airline is expressed, bookings should be distributed reasonably, evenly between TAA and Ansett Transport Industries.

(2)   There have been no changes to the relevant Treasury Directions for some years. Any such change would of course be a matter for Government consideration.

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