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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3460


Senator Townley asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

What would be the cost of airfares if the Prime Minister's party travelled by commercial airlines during his forthcoming overseas trips.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following information for answer to the honourable senator's question:

It is not practicable, having regard to the convenience of host governments in the countries concerned, to plan an itinerary based on travel by commercial airlines.

Use of VIP Aircraft by Prime Ministers (Question No. 368)


Senator Townley asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

What was the cost of VIP aircraft for the use of, or used by, the Prime Minister in (a) 1972, (b) 1973 and (c) 1974 to 14 November 1974.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided me with the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a)   1972-

Mr McMahon$ 1 76,287

Mr Whitlam$3,703

(b)   1973- $128,160 (c)1974-$222,704(to 14 November 1974).

The above costs have been calculated using the flying hour rates on which recoveries from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet have been based for the periods concerned. These rates recover the cost of fuel, spares, tyres and tubes, and contractor servicing.

The trips costed above are all those on which the Prime Minister was carried, plus any related aircraft positioning flights.







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