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Tuesday, 16 February 1971

Senator COTTON - As one has learnt to expect, this is a long question. The telegram was received and was sent to the Department for a considered answer which has not yet been supplied. The telegram should have been acknowledged by informing the honourable senator: 'Received your telegram. Preparing answer for you.' However, if that was not done the honourable senator has my apologies. I could not go further than that at that stage. We have been in discussion with the State Planning Authority of New South Wales and the golf club to which the honourable senator referred about the acquisition of some land adjoining the Bankstown Airport. Bankstown Airport is a general aviation field. This means that it caters for light aircraft, including the occasional agricultural aircraft which is taken to Sydney for repair work. The De Havilland enterprise is based there. I cannot say any more than that but from that one should not conjecture that it is to be the brand new international airport. That is not to be conjectured. I do not think there is anything more that I can tell the honourable senator now, but I will ask the Department to get some information for him and see that he gets it this week.

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