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Thursday, 17 October 1974
Page: 1812

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and it arises out of an earlier question concerning fire-fighting services at northwestern Tasmanian airports. Is it not a misconception and a serious misrepresentation to say that all fire-fighting services are to be withdrawn from the Wynyard and Devonport airports in north-western Tasmania when in fact the situation is that fire-fighting services will be available for all arrivals and departures at those 2 airports? Is not the situation rather that the Government is giving consideration to the economics of the present position whereby fire-fighting services are maintained on a round-the-clock basis when the airport is being used for approximately six to eight arrivals and departures a day?

Senator CAVANAGH - In answer to a previous question I stated that I did not know what the position was. It is a very definite practice in respect of civil aviation activities within the Department of Transport that an operational airport is not left without safety precautions and fire protection. As to whether there has been some rearrangement of that practice and, if so, for what purpose, I do not know. As I promised in reply to an earlier question, I will get what information I can and convey it to the honourable senators.

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