The Defeat of Distance: Qantas 1919-1939, Volume 1

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john gunn, 1985 - Business & Economics - 400 pages
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Page 324 - It appears to us that the managing director of the company — presumably with the acquiescence of the Board — has taken a commercial view of his responsibilities that was too narrow, and has failed to give the Government departments, with which he has been concerned, the co-operation we should have expected from a company heavily subsidized and having such important international and Imperial contacts.
Page 186 - It is the intention of both parties that each shall have a "square deal" in the sense that that expression is understood by fair and reasonably minded men.
Page 338 - Government are of the opinion that the most satisfactory instrument for the development of overseas civil aviation would be provided by the association of the two chosen instruments — Imperial Airways, Limited, and British Airways, Limited — in a single public corporation. The Government, therefore, propose to recommend to Parliament legislation setting up a Public Corporation which will acquire the existing undertakings of Imperial Airways and British Airways.
Page 324 - ... view of his responsibilities that was too narrow, and has failed to give the Government Departments with which he has been concerned the co-operation we should have expected from a Company heavily subsidized and having such important international and Imperial contacts. There should, in our opinion, be an immediate improvement in these respects, and this may well involve some change in directing personnel.
Page 324 - ... Airways with considerable efficiency, we cannot avoid the conclusion that the management of Imperial Airways has been defective in other respects. In particular, not only has it failed to cooperate fully with the Air Ministry, but it has been intolerant of suggestion and unyielding in negotiation. Internally, its attitude in staff matters has left much to be desired.
Page 225 - I can as yet give no date for the inauguration of the scheme. The provision of the necessary fleet, ground organization, etc., will require a period of something like two years before a project of this magnitude, constituting, as it does, the largest step forward which has yet been taken in the development of Empire air communications, could be brought into full operation.
Page 178 - England is contemplated, and states — .Although it is perfectly clear that Australia's financial position is such that it cannot afford the huge subsidy which would be necessary to maintain such a service, endeavours are being made by certain commercial interests to influence the Commonwealth Government with a view to establishing this service.
Page 143 - That this meeting of the wire trade, consisting of both masters and men, la of opinion that the time has arrived when consideration should be given to the question of adopting some system of duties within the Empire which will give preference to Imperial manufactures.
Page 118 - I am quite convinced", he said, "that as long as the mileage subsidy is paid, any new aerial lines should be opened up entirely for the benefit of people who require quick transport to railheads only. I am not and never have been in favour of aircraft being subsidised merely to save a few hours of discomfort to passengers who can travel by existing...
Page 308 - The Conference notes with approval the practice followed by Nations of the Commonwealth whereby, when operational rights are granted to a foreign air line, the concession expressly provides for reciprocal rights as and when desired; and suggests for consideration the desirability of including in such concessions a general safeguard of the right of the Government, at its option, to take over the ground...

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