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Thursday, 29 October 1970


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Drury (RYAN, QUEENSLAND) - ls there a seconder of the amendment?


Mr Beazley - I second the amendment.


Mr CHARLES JONES - Id my opinion the proposition from the Public Works Committee to extend the runway at Avalon airport and to spend $6,409,000 is completely unreal and is a further indication of the lack of planning by the Department of Civil Aviation. The effects of aircraft noise on people are already known to the Government. If not, why did it recommend the establishment of the Select Committee on Aircraft Noise? As early as 1969 when the Committee was meeting in Perth the problem of pilot training was brought, to the fore when local residents in Perth complained about Royal Australian Air Force pilots carrying out exercises, particularly at night time, using the instrument landing system approach of the Perth airport. Even at that point the Department of Civil Aviation should have been taking note of the problem.

I want to incorporate in Hansard a letter received by the former member for Lalor. Mr M. W. Lee, and signed by Mr I. D. V. Ralfe, the Deputy Director of Qantas flight operations. Is the Minister prepared to allow me to incorporate the whole of this letter from Qantas in Hansard? I would like the whole of the letter incorporated, because it puts the whole of the problem of Avalon airport in its true context along with the attitude of the people and, most important of all, what Qantas had to say about this matter.







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