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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 2439

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is directed to the Acting Minister for Transport, refers to a question I asked him last week in his capacity as the Minister in this chamber representing the Minister for Transport. He will recall that I asked him at that time whether the Government had received an application from Qantas Airways Ltd for a 6 per cent increase in air fares and, if it had, whether it had made a decision on that application. At that time the Minister undertook to take it up with the Minister for Transport to obtain an answer. I now ask Senator Cavanagh, as he is now the Acting Minister for Transport: Can he give me an answer to that question?

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) -The Leader of the Opposition has put me in a somewhat embarrassing position. I realise that I did undertake to take this matter up with the Minister for Transport. I have done so, but I have not received a reply. I cannot very well use that as an excuse now that I am Acting Minister for

Transport. I have to admit that I do not have the reply. However, I will take the matter up immediately.

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