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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator HENTY - The 10minute safety interval is in accordance with a regulation of the Department of Civil Aviation, based purely on the safety of aircraft taking off. The Department has no jurisdiction, other than in respect of safety, over the Australian airlines. I have passed on to the airlines the many representations I have received from honorable senators on both sides of the chamber, and the public, for the widening of schedules, but the Department can take into account in its regulations only the safety factor. The Depart ment regards 10 minutes as being a sufficient margin of safety between the takeoff of one of the new Boeing 727's and the take-off of the next one.

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