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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
Page: 2003

Mr Enderby asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Is consideration being given to implementing restrictions on the operation of light aircraft for air training purposes at Canberra Airport within the next few years.

(2)   If so, what restrictions are being contemplated, and what are the reasons for them.

(3)   What alternative facilities to Canberra Airport would be provided for this type of pilot training.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(I)   and (2) It is possible that in the combination of military and civil movements, including both general aviation and airline movements on the civil side, Canberra Airport could become saturated during peak hours towards the end of the 1970's. The most practical way of relieving that short term operation saturation, on an hourto hour basis, would be to create a satellite training field for elementary civil light aircraft training during the peak traffic hours. That would be in accordance with a well established practice both in Australia and overseas.

(3)   Consideration is being given to providing a satellite training field reasonably accessible to Canberra (Fairbairn) Airport.

The Environment: Ministerial Conference (Question No. 4047)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the

Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   What were the names and portfolios of the Ministers who attended the meeting on the environment in Canberra on 17th September 1971.

(2)   What requests or suggestions were made at the meeting for legislative or administrative action by (a) the Commonwealth, (b) the Territories and (c) the States.

Mr Howson (CASEY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Environment, Aborigines and the Arts) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The following press statement was issued at the conclusion of the meeting:

Commonwealth and State Ministers, with responsibility for environmental matters, met for the first time today in Canberra.

Those present were -

Commonwealth - The Honourable Peter Howson, M.P., Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts,

New South Wales- The Honourable J. G. Beale, M.L.A., Minister for Environmental Control,

Victoria - The Honourable V.O. Dickie, M.L.C., Minister for State Development,

Queensland - The Honourable J. BjelkePetersen, M.L.A., Premier and Minister for State Development,

South Australia - The Honourable G. R. Broomhill, M.H.A., Minister for Conservation,

Western Australia - The Honourable J. T. Tonkin, M.L.A., Premier and Minister for Environmental Protection,

Tasmania - The Honourable K. O. Lyons, M.H.A., Deputy Premier and Chief Secretary.

At today's meeting, Ministers exchanged information on existing legislation and gave their views on the problems of the environment in their areas and the steps that they are formulating to protect it. It was recognised that the State Governments have already been active in a wide range of fields, including national parks, wildlife, water, soil and forest conservation; and control of water and sewerage systems and air, water, oil and noise pollution.

However, it was agreed that there was a continuing need to combat pollution and to improve the quality of the environment. Ministers discussed the means of continuing Federal and State consultation and the degree to which uniformity of approach was desirable.

The Ministers decided to meet again as soon as possible and, they hope, before the end of the year. Tentatively, they have arranged to meet on 26th November in Perth at the invitation of the Premier of Western Australia. In preparation for that meeting, Commonwealth and State officers will draw up an agenda for their consideration and, in the meantime, details of legislation and administrative practice will be exchanged.

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