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Thursday, 7 October 1971
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Mr Grassby asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   In connection with the proposal for an additional airport for Sydney, has the Minister's attention been drawn to the view that a consideration of the interests of the people of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong exclusively, and not those of all the people of New South Wales, should be the determining factor in this matter.

(2)   Does the Government support such a basis for a decision; if not, will the Minister on behalf of the Government repudiate a view which can cause offence to the people of New South Wales who live outside the cities mentioned.


Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The Minister's attention has not been drawn to the view, nor is it bis view, that a consideration of the interests of the people of Sydney. Newcastle and Wollongong exclusively, and npt those of all the people of New South Wales, should be the determining factor.

(2)   Honourable members will recall a statement made in this House on 15th September in which it was indicated that the Government had decided to set up a Commonwealth/State Committee to recommend a site of a second airport for Sydney. Whilst this Committee is to address itself mainly to two alternative sites specified, it is not restricted to consideration only of these locations if the Committee feels that others merit detailed consideration. The statement also made it clear that the Committee was to fully consider the siting of a second airport from all points of view.







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