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Thursday, 8 December 1960

Mr CLAY (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation. Was any attempt made to inquire into the reduction of noise from the jet engines of the three new Boeing 707 aircraft about to be purchased by Qantas Empire Airways Limited and from the replacement jet engines for the seven Boeing 707 machines already in service with that airline? Would I be right in assuming that the extra power of these engines will be used to enable the planes to carry heavier payloads and that, as a consequence of the failure to extend the short runway at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) airport out into Botany Bay, residents whose homes are in line with the ends of the one existing runway suitable for use by these aircraft will be subjected to even greater torture by noise as the more heavily laden aeroplanes labour to gain height after take-off? Are the feelings of residents who live near aerodromes ever considered?

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