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Thursday, 24 May 1973
Page: 2636


Mr NIXON (Gippsland) - I thank the Minister for the assurance he has given in respect of these fair play clauses. Of course, the clauses go much further than the operation of Ansett Transport Industries Ltd and Trans-Australia Airlines. They cover the new operations in which TAA will be investing in the months ahead. As far as the operation of the 2-airline system is concerned, I was interested to hear the Minister say that he believes that the airlines should have equal access to all routes. I was interested also to hear him confirm that it would be a stupid policy which forced a double routing on routes which are quite uneconomic. I hope that when the Minister comes to deal with this matter he will deal with it through the rationalisation committee which handles these matters, so that neither TAA nor ATI is forced, because of some arbitrary arrangement, to enter into more uneconomic routes than is necessary. I agree with the Minister that the proper approach on a matter of this nature is to seek rationalisation of the routes involved. If that can be done in a sensible manner, not only will the airlines benefit but also the travelling public of Australia will benefit.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Remainder of Bill - by leave - taken as a whole.







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