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Letter Senator the Hon Bob Collins Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support to Hon. F. Finch Minister for Transport and Works dated 11 September 1990



Letter Senator the Hon Bob Collins Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support to Hon. F. Finch Minister for Transport and Works dated 11 September 1990

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I note also you raise again the so-called alternative proposal put by the NT Government in your Airport plan to provide a subsidy for the move of GA to the northside. As I have pointed out in a previous public statement (which contained the relevant part of your policy paper) this subsidy would have been fully funded by the Commonwealth Government Despite the concessions your logic is still impossible to follow. For instance, you say in the first paragraph of your letter of 1 0 /9 /9 0 that I have "still not addressed the basic issue at hand." Four paragraphs later you say: "In essence the principal concern of the GA industry is the requirement to transfer their new buildings to the FAC on termination of their leases. You may find this acceptable, but I would term it highway robbery." I draw your attention to my previous letter. It clearly states: "I consider that of all the concerns raised during the recent meetings between my advisor and GA operators, the FAC's site reversion policy was the most legitimate cause for concern. The letter continues: "As the Minister responsible for the FAC, I immediately held discussions with them on this matter. As a result the FAC is now conducting a review of its policy and I will be in a position shortly to advise the operators of the outcome." Having read that, how could you possibly claim in your letter of reply that I had not addressed the basic issue. You either did not read my letter properly, or the principal concern of the GA operators is not shared by you. I can assure you I do share their concerns. That was precisely why I was prepared to assign one of m y economic advisors to a week of one to one discussions with them. These facts make a nonsense of the third paragraph of your letter which states: "In regard to General Aviation, you may choose to ignore the genuine concern amongst the industry, but your recent indication that "some will not survive" may very well be a substantial understatement. But that is not why I have raised it.

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