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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 53

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - Will the Minister for Civil Aviation take urgent steps to ensure that Tasmania is exempted from the proposed increased charges to the airlines in order that the present serious position arising from freight costs of all kinds to Tasmania is not accentuated and the State's whole economy further jeopardised, especially since, in respect of proposed increased shipping freights and air charges, the responsibility is principally in the hands of this Government?

Senator COTTON - It would be extremely unlikely that anybody could do anything to help Tasmania in this regard. This is a general impost across the system of revenue raising in civil aviation. It is based upon the proposition that the business as such should be a payable business and that those who use the service should pay for it. The landing charge increase proposed represents a minute fraction of air fares which are imposed upon the Australian people.

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