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Thursday, 15 October 1964

Senator HENTY (TASMANIA) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I do not think that there is any need for me to give such an assurance. No Australian airline would want to purchase an aircraft until it was thoroughly satisfied about the safety standards of the machine. I read the article to which the honorable senator has referred. I had the pleasure of seeing the Concorde at Bristol. This aircraft is a British-French project, and one thing that I was impressed with was the desire of the designers to produce an aircraft which will be speedy and safe. Greater attention is also being paid to the development of airliners which can land and take off with a shorter runway. Research in this direction is continuing. This is most important to Australia which has so many aerodromes to construct and maintain. With the development of airliners which can take off and land on shorter runways, money which would be used to construct longer runways can be spread over more aerodromes with shorter runways with benefit to the Australiantaxpayer.

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