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Tuesday, 18 September 1973
Page: 1219

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for the En vironment and Conservation, upon notice:

(1)   What are the relevant agencies, referred to in answer to my question No. 537 (Hansard, 17 May 1973, page 2359), which are investigating Australia's participation in international atmospheric monitoring programs.

(2)   Has he conferred with the Minister for Civil Aviation concerning commercial supersonic flights over the Australian continent.

Dr Cass - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Department of Science, Bureau of Meteorology, Department of the Environment and Conservation, Department of Foreign Affairs, The Treasury. The matter has also been discussed in the Australian Environment Council.

(2)   I expect a report shortly on the environmental effects of supersonic aircraft from the Australian Advisory Committee on the Environment. I will release the report immediately and discuss it with my colleague the Minister for Civil Aviation.

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