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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1407

Mr IRWIN (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Minister for National Development representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, state when the report of the committee investigating the site for the new Sydney airport will be made available to the members of this House? Is the interdepartmental committee possessed of any mandatory or statutory powers or is it an advisory body? Has the Minister for Civil Aviation given his unqualified assurance that every objector to a proposed site will be heard before a decision is made? Can he state whether all members of the committee are competent and in full possession of their faculties?

Mr SWARTZ - I know the very sincere and deep interest that the honourable member has in this matter and the number of occasions on which he has expressed his views in this House. However, as the position in relation to the previous interdepartmental committee and the setting up of this new Commonwealth and State committee is rather complex, 1 think I should refer the question to my colleague in another place and see that a detailed answer is obtained for the honourable gentleman.

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