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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 153

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - 1 address a question to the Minister for Civil Aviation. Has his attention been drawn to reports that Australian tourists are stranded in Malta because airline tickets which were sold to them are alleged to have been stolen? Will the Minister cause investigations to be made into the allegation that stolen airline tickets are being sold in Australia? Can the Minister give the Senate any information about the reported failure of another travel agency in Australia?

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - This matter came to my attention just a little time before we came into the chamber this morning. I understand that there is a problem and that some people could be stranded. Investigations into the position are now being made and before replying I should like those investigations to be brought to a situation where our knowledge is completely accurate. I hope to have that information some time today or this evening before we leave. I shall endeavour to pass it on to him when I receive it. Equally, the reports of another travel agency having been involved in financial difficulties are a little cloudy at the present time. I am also awaiting information on that matter.

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