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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2422

Mr NIXON (Gippsland) - The Minister for Transport and Minister for Civil Aviation, the honourable member for Farrer (Mr Fairbairn) and I have had some discussions as you, Mr Deputy Chairman, will have noted and we have been able to reach an accord that I think will suit the convenience of both sides of the House. I thank the Minister for his generosity in looking seriously at our amendments because they have been put forward by the Opposition only after a great deal of study and expressed concern about the Bill. I should like now to withdraw the amendment to clause 5 and to substitute another amendment.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Mr Armitage) - Does the honourable member seek leave to withdraw his first amendment?

Mr NIXON - I seek leave to withdraw my first amendment and to move another.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN- Is leave granted? There being no objection leave is granted.

Amendment - by leave - withdrawn.

Mr NIXON - I move:

Omit sub-section (1) of proposed section 19, substitute the following sub-section:

(1)   The functions of the Commission are -

(a)   to transport passengers and goods for reward by air between prescribed places;

(b)   within the limits of its powers under this Act or any relevant State Act, to transport passengers and goods for reward by air or in association with its powers in this section and, within those limits, to provide land transport, accommodation, and other services and facilities associated with the exercise of its powers under paragraph (a); and

(c)   to provide to the Commonwealth and authorities of the Commonwealth for reward, aviation, land transport and engineering services and such other services as can be conveniently provided by the use of the resources of the Commission, and the Commission shall carry on business for the purpose of performing those functions.'.

The Minister accepts that this, in a sense, has narrowed the amendment to provide for the Commonwealth and the authorities of the Commonwealth.

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