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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1894

Mr CHARLES JONES (NewcastleMinister for Transport and Minister for Civil Aviation) - I want to make 2 very quick points. I know that the debate on the Estimates is to be interrupted at 10.15 p.m. The honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) asked where the $lm for the acquisition of land at Brisbane has been provided for in the Estimates. It has been provided for in Division 940. 1.06 of the estimates for the Department of Services and Property. Division 940. J. 06 is a total allocation for the Department of Civil Aviation. The sum of Sim is included in it. It certainly is not spelt out as being Sim for Brisbane; but that is where the Sim has been provided for.

I appreciate the points that were just made by the honourable member for the Northern Territory (Mr Calder). If there is any specific complaint that he wants to make about airline operations in the Northern Territory, I will be happy to receive a letter from him about them. The honourable member has questioned the safety of certain aircraft operations. He can rest assured that I will not permit any reduction in air safety standards. The Department of Civil Aviation will not agree to that either. If the honourable member has any specific complaints he wishes to make or if he wishes to refer to a particular incident, I will be happy to receive correspondence from him. Any correspondence I receive will receive the attention which any complaint from any member of Parliament or any other person is entitled to receive.

The honourable member for New England (Mr Sinclair) again has referred to the strike involving the 'Echuca'. He said that the strike did not cause any public inconvenience, as has the strike by technicians at airports. The fact of the matter is that that strike did cost the Australian National Line $2m and it did inconvenience many people at the time. The only solution members of the then Government had for a settlement of the strike by members of the Professional Radio Employees Institute was the bringing in of the Army,

Navy or Air Force. The former Minister for Shipping and Transport asked in this chamber on Tuesday why the Government did not bring in the Services in this instance. That would have been the previous Government's solution to the problem. It would have had the whole of Australia involved in one hell of a confrontation.

Proposed expenditures agreed to.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Dr Jenkins)Order! It being 15 minutes past 10 o'clock p.m. in accordance with the order of the House of 1 March, I shall report progress.

Progress reported.

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