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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr REYNOLDS (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Has the Commonwealth Government been informed by the New South Wales Government that it has been urged by the Rockdale Municipal Council, which administers important southern suburbs of Sydney, to issue a writ against the Commonwealth for £1 million for damage to public and private property along the foreshores of Botany Bay? Is it a fact that the Council and residents assert that the extensive damage in the BrightonleSands and Kyeemagh areas is wholly attributable to dredging operations carried out in connection with the extension of the north-south runway at Sydney (KingsfordSmith) Airport into Botany Bay? In view of the fact that the onset of damage began six months ago and has been seriously extended since, will the right honorable gentleman personally intervene in the matter to expedite a decision by the Commonwealth as to its acceptance of responsibility for repair of the damage and the taking of measures to prevent further damage?

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