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Thursday, 1 June 1972
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Senator MILLINER - I desire to ask a question of the Minister for Civil Aviation suplementary to my earlier question. Did the Minister in his reply to me earlier this morning indicate a possibility that discussions between his Department and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Qrganisation could mean that it would be unnecessary to extend the length of existing runways? If so, will he now consider suspending the extension of the runways at Brisbane Airport because that work is causing a lot of inconvenience to people residing in the area?

Senator COTTON - No. I think the honourable senator should understand me i clearly. In my earlier reply I was referring ito existing aircraft using existing runways | in existing places. There is no expectation that the new landing aid - if and when it is developed - will allow any change in that position. That ought to be made perfectly clear. The Brisbane airport situation depends in the end on new airport construction being placed further to the north east. That work ought to make Brisbane airport one of Australia's most favoured airports in regard to location and good neighbourly qualities.

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