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Thursday, 24 May 1973
Page: 2627

Mr CHARLES JONES (Newcastle) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - The Government accepts the Opposition's amendment. I reiterate that this is still new thinking so far as the powers of the Corporation are concerned. I shall repeat what I said recently when I appeared on a television program with the honourable member for Gippsland (Mr Nixon): I have no desire to become the Minister in charge of the biggest string of hotels - I think I said 'pubs' at the time - in Australia.

Mr Nixon - Do you realise that there has to be agreement by the Attorney-General and the Minister if there is to be a challenge to TAA's powers? You said on television that you did not want to do this and you repeated it. Would you facilitate such an appeal?

Mr CHARLES JONES - That would be a matter for decision by the Government and I believe the. Government would welcome it. We accept the amendment for the simple reason that this was not included in the promises made by my predecessor.

Amendment agreed to.

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