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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2403

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Berinson (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The document read as follows) -


Mr KEOGH - The Government's policy, as written into the Airlines Agreement, is the continued existence of the company as well as the Commission and the maintenance of competition between the two. The policy also is to secure and maintain a position in which there are 2, and not more than 2, operators of trunk airline services, one being the Commission, each capable of effective competition with the other. There is no suggestion that this policy will not continue, and in fact the agreements already undertaken by the previous Government give every security for the continuation of this policy at least until 1982. The former and present governments, and the airlines, have recognised that for the successful implementation of the policy the 2 airlines must be financially stable. Such a balance, one with the other, will enable them to compete from a position of equal strength and security of knowing that they are being given a fair opportunity to operate efficiently and effectively in competition one with the other. This was certainly denied them by the previous Government, and this is certainly one of the main intentions of this Bill. It is the intention of the Government to see that because of its greater size, extent of diversified activities and greater commercial freedom Ansett Transport Industries Ltd is not in a dominant competitive position. The current situation is one of serious imbalance. The Government will not allow this situation to continue. The Bill is specifically designed to correct that imbalance. It is fair and reasonable. I have great pleasure in supporting it. 1 commend the Bill to the House.

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