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Thursday, 14 May 1970

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation. Has the Minister's attention been directed to a judgment of the Superior Court of California issued on 5th February last whereby 1,500 plaintiffs living near the Los Angeles International Airport recovered damages up to $6,000 each for damage caused by jet aircraft noise? Did the judgment relate to the fact that the aircraft flight movements were somewhat less than 60,000 a year? Is it true that in the environs of Sydney airport there are many thousands of house dwellers? Is it also true that the jet movements from that airport are well in excess of 60,000 a year? Will the Government have a survey taken on the effect on properties in the Sydney airport area of jet aircraft noise, particularly their diminution in value, bearing in mind the cost to the Government if these owners institute legal action on a similar basis to that in California? Can the Minister explain why the Director-General of Civil Aviation was able to recommend a second airport for Melbourne at Tullamarine in 1 959 and yet 1 1 years later no similar decision has been made in favour of the Sydney region?

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