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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
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Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - I have been to West Wyalong in relation to some of these problems twice in the time that I have been Minister for Civil Aviation. 1 have also seen the people of West Wyalong who came to Canberra and we had a talk about the problems. I undertook to consider the matter quite seriously to see whether I could extend the subsidy in some way to keep the airline service operating for a period in order to test whether the change in the rail service pattern would increase the traffic requirements at the airport. There has been quite a heavy change in the number of rail services in that part of New South Wales. Senator Douglas McClelland will recall that the problem affects Condobolin equally. I cannot give a firm undertaking at present. It is one of the matters which when Parliament adjourns I intend to consider in Melbourne and check through. Subsidies are very much a matter on which I have to get the final approval of the Treasury. As I told the people from West Wyalong, I will do what I can to extend the subsidy beyond the period when it is now indicated it will terminate.

Proposed expenditures agreed to.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Laucke - We now proceed with the group of departments covered by Estimates Committee E. The question is:

That the votes for the group of departments covered by Estimates Committee E be now passed without requests.

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