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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1948

Senator WILLESEE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister for Civil Aviation. I refer to Senator Lawrie's question yesterday regarding the refusal of insurance companies to cover property damage caused by sonic booms. The Minister replied that he was astonished at the report. Does the Minister remember his answer to an almost identical question from Senator Laucke on 12th April, which apparently did not astonish him? Can he tell the Senate the results of the inquiries which 6 weeks ago he promised Senator Laucke had already been instituted?

Senator COTTON - Not having the benefit of the question before me, I think the word 'promise' is probably not an accurate statement of what I would have said at the time. At the time of his question, what Senator Laucke referred to were rumours. 1 was unable to establish that there was any accuracy in this rumoured position. The only firm announcement took place on Monday. Following that, I gave an answer yesterday. Inquiries are still proceeding. The only illumination I have at the moment is that an insurance company rang the office yesterday in Canberra and said that it knew nothing about the matter.

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