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Friday, 12 September 1969

Mr ACTING SPEAKER -The Leader of the Opposition is not allowed to quote.

Mr WHITLAM - I am sure that the Prime Minister would have had the matter drawn to his attention, but my recollection is that the Minister who represents the Minister for Civil Aviation in another place pointed out that the Premier of Victoria was interested in having aircraft coming into the Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne for 24 hours of the day and he expressed his certain hope that in the future we would see an end to any objection in New South Wales. The right honourable gentleman will undoubtedly remember that at question time a month ago the Minister for Civil Aviation said that he had given permission - of course he knows that the permission must come from the Minister for Civil Aviation - for the importation of one complete quick change Boeing 727 and another modified quick change Boeing 727, and that the Minister told me it is obviously far more economic to have full utilisation during all hours of the night as well as the day. I ask the Prime Minister: Did the Cabinet consider the matter of giving permission for the importation of these quick change Boeings before the Minister for Civil Aviation gave his permission for them to be imported? I also ask him whether, to put a firm and clear end to all doubts on this matter, he will now undertake to reject any application which his Government might receive to use these aircraft in and out of Tullamarine and Mascot during the present banned hours between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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