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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 687

Senator McLAREN - My question is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation. In view of the Minister's statement earlier today that the State governments were not invited to make a submission to the Commonwealth Government during the recent review of the 2-airline policy and that it was the responsibility of the States themselves to make an approach to the Commonwealth Government about Trans-Australia Airlines operating intrastate services, I ask: Were the States advised that such a review was in fact taking place? If not, how could the States be in a position to make such a submission? Further, will the Minister- give, consideration to a submission from the South Australian Government to allow Trans-Australia Airlines to operate intrastate in South Australia under the new agreement?

Senator COTTON - lt is presumed that, like everybody else, the State governments and Premiers read the newspapers. They would have been able to gather from doing so that a review had been undertaken. Many answers have been given in this Parliament over the last 12 months that reviews were being conducted. If the South Australian Government wants this matter to be considered by the Commonwealth

Department of Civil Aviation it is most welcome to write to the Department about it.

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