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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2699

Senator WOOD (QUEENSLAND) - I address my question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. In view of the fact that the IATA group of international airlines have asked for a 6 per cent rise in fares, will the Government investigate the lavishness of these international airlines in the great reductions in fares which they give to members of domestic airlines staff, many of whom have nothing whatsoever to do with selling air travel, and their families and relatives? Does he not consider that this can be a lavishness in which seats are not being availed of by people who can pay for them, that is, the ordinary travellers? Also, will the Minister have the Government look into the generosity of these airlines in giving members of the Press and other members of the media free trips? The Minister might take into consideration the tightness of these airlines against people of the travel trade who have to go through a very fine sieve before they can obtain any concession at all.

Senator MURPHY -I think the question is really appropriate for the Minister for Transport or the Minister for Tourism and Recreation to answer. I will refer the matters to them for an answer to be given to the honourable senator.

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