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Tuesday, 13 August 1974
Page: 778

Senator McAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I address a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. Will the Minister tell the Senate what was the outcome of the Australia-United

Kingdom air services negotiations in Melbourne during April? Did the Minister see the newspaper accounts to the effect that Australia requested British Airways Ltd to reduce services on the Kangaroo Route? If so, can the Minister advise the Senate as to the accuracy of these reports?

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) -This agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom, which was signed in 1958, was the subject of a discussion between the British transport section and the Australian Minister for Transport. I am informed that the last full scale discussion on the agreement was in 1964.I point out that the discussion which took place in April of this year in Melbourne was not for the purpose of a reduction of the services. The Australian Government did ask British Airways Ltd to discontinue the service to Australia via the United States of America. The question of Hong Kong- Australia air services also was discussed with the British Airways representatives. I believe that subsequentlylast month- the responsible Ministers discussed this question in London. As soon as there is any finality in the discussions, the Minister for Transport will be making a statement on the issue.

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