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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 156

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

My question is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation. By way of preface I draw his attention to an answer he gave me yesterday to a question I placed on the notice paper relating to the number of times on which the curfew at Sydney (KingsfordSmith) Aerodrome was broken during the year 1971. I ask: Of the 549 occasions on which the curfew was broken in the one year, has the Minister observed that there were a number of incidents in which VIP aircraft carrying very few passengers were involved? Do VIP aircraft wishing to break the curfew have to obtain the permission of the Minister for Civil Aviation or of his departmental officers in the first instance or is that authority vested in the Minister for Air?

Senator COTTON - I understand that this matter has been the subject of discussion by the various departments concerned with it, and in order to give the honourable senator a complete answer, I ask him to put his question on the notice paper.

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