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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 310

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Army. Will the Minister take action to ensure that low-flying jet fighter aircraft and helicopters engaged in Army exercises in the vicinity of Murray Bridge in South Australia are kept clear of areas where there is a large concentration of poultry farms because of the stress these low-flying aircraft are causing to intensively housed birds?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - In my own portfolio 1 receive this sort of request regularly. It is rather difficult to say where aircraft and helicopters are to fly. Certain air space is set aside as flying areas. I take it that Murray Bridge must be one set aside for the Army. But certain restrictions are put on the aircraft; that they fly during certain hours and at certain heights. I will certainly make the Minister of the Army aware of what the honourable senator says If he has any comments. I will convey them to the honourable senator.

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