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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1558

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation. I refer to the files to be tabled in relation to the acquisition of DC3 aircraft from Jetair Australia Ltd. Will the files constitute a complete disclosure of the dealings between Jetair Australia Ltd and the Minister's Department? Is it a fact that the files include documents in which other airline operators express concern at the possibility of a third airline licence? Will these documents be included in the files to be tabled?

Senator COTTON - 1 have given no assurance that I will table files in this place in relation to any of these affairs. What I have said from time to time is that this is a fairly substantial matter. I think there were something like 60 files in the Department of Civil Aviation which in one way or another had some relation to Jetair Australia Ltd. They cover requests for aircraft import permits, commuter operations, licensing, technical matters, and even parliamentary questions. There was a great scries of parliamentary questions. 1 do not have them detailed here but they went on for quite a long time. They were all answered quite faithfully and accurately, and if any honourable senator wants to direct a specific question to me relating to these matters he will, as in the past, receive a specific answer, in detail and quite accurate.

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