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Thursday, 24 May 1973
Page: 2624

Mr CHARLES JONES (Newcastle) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - The Government accepts the Opposition's amendment in this case. Whilst we would have liked very much to have had this clause as originally drafted in the Bill, in my second reading speech I indicated to honourable members that the object of the Government was to draft a Bill which we considered was in accordance with the intention of the former Government, to honour a promise which had been given to Sir

Frederick Scherger, the Chairman of the Australian National Airlines Commission and the other commissioners. At the time when the assurance was given this particular clause would not have been effective and was not then part of the thinking nor was it part of the assurances which were given to the Chairman at that time by my predecessor. In endeavouring to honour the promise which was given, the Government is prepared to accept the Opposition's amendment. We do not intend to oppose it.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

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