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Thursday, 24 May 1973
Page: 2626

Mr CHARLES JONES (NewcastleMinister for Civil Aviation) - The Government accepts the amendment moved by the Opposition. This proposed section relies on the corporation powers to permit Trans-Australia Airlines to operate intrastate. It is quite recent thinking to rely on this head of power. This proposed section has undoubtedly raised considerable opposition to the Bill and in practical terms it may well be that the Government may not wish TAA to operate intrastate unless it has a reference by the relevant State parliaments. As I said in my remarks on a similar clause, we are setting out to honour a promise that was given by my predecessor to TAA as part of the amendments to the 2-airline agreement which went through last year. As this is recent thinking and an innovation as far as the powers of the Commonwealth are concerned, and so that the Bill can be proceeded with - through both Houses, I hope - the Government is prepared to accept this amendment. It is new thinking; it was not the considered position when the promises were given late last year. For that reason we propose to accept the Opposition's amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr NIXON(Gippsland) - by leave - I move:

Omit paragraph (b) of sub-section (2) of proposed section 19d.

Our purpose in moving this amendment is similar to that for the amendments which have been accepted. It was this paragraph that really frightened in particular the people in the road transport, hotel and motel industries who were unaware of the complete power of it until a High Court challenge ensued. Therefore we seek acceptance of this amendment.

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