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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 600

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister for Civil Aviation whether he can inform the Parliament of the amount of fallout pollution by measure which can enter the atmosphere when the Concorde supersonic jet airliner is in flight? Can he also give similar details regarding the various types of pure jet passenger aircraft which are now used by major Australian airlines?

Senator COTTON - It is quite obvious that some part of that question will call for detailed information and tabulation. The best information that I can recall to memory is in relation to a study done over the city of New York which is one of the busiest if not the busiest city in the world for aircraft taking off and landing. The information I have is something like this: Of the total pollution over New York, a little over 1 per cent was contributed by aircraft. The balance of the pollution was caused by all sorts of other things such as motor cars. For its part, the Concorde has an engine which is relatively smokeless so that its contribution to this problem will have to be ascertained from people who know more about the situation than I do as will the balance of the information sought about aircraft patterns in general.

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